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Florists from Australia, Kenya and Pakistan base designs on Bishop's Stortford artist's works in global competition

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Paintings by a Bishop's Stortford contemporary artist inspired florists all over the world in a global competition.

Karen Adams was selected as the muse for a virtual floral design competition in November.

Her work was selected by international floral art judge Valerie Best, who runs a private group on Facebook called (IFAAD) International Friends of Floral Art & Design.

Valerie's group has more than 5,000 members in over 130 countries. Karen explained: "She had been looking for an artist to agree to have their works chosen by members to do their own interpretation by using flowers and plant materials."

Karen has been a painter for 16 years and works from a studio at home in Thorley Park. She is also employed as a parking warden in the Waitrose car park in Northgate End.

She submitted 20 of her paintings for florists to base their work on and acted as a judge for one of the two competition classes.

The first class – an exhibit of the florist's choice, no restriction on size or style – received 31 entries. The second class – a predominantly craft exhibit on a canvas art board – attracted 26 entries.

"These were from different countries across the world," said Karen. "Awards were given to entries from Australia, India, Ireland, Kenya, Pakistan and UK."

One entry came from a floral designer a little closer to home. Beverly Moore, who lives in Bishop's Stortford, was commended for her entry in class 1 for her interpretation of Karen's Spider-man painting.

Karen said: "I have found this whole experience to be such a great honour as an artist and a huge compliment to my work. It's been extremely exciting to see such high standard of works produced by so many international floral designers at one time across the world."


Class one – 1st: Pritesh Hasmukh Shah (Kenya) interpreting Shades of Meaning; 2nd: Joan McBurney (UK) interpreting A Corner of Provence; 3rd: Aisha Zahid (Pakistan) interpreting Mousake.

Class two – 1st: Bilquis Tabani (Pakistan) interpreting Lipstick; 2nd: Bilquis Tabani (Pakistan) interpreting Celestial; 3rd: Diane Smith (UK) interpreting The Muses.

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