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Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
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The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
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The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a small step.
– Chinese Proverb
A SHOE, completely embellished with dried plant materials. The shoe will be supplied to the exhibitor upon registration. The decorated shoe will be displayed atop a pedestal. Viewed and judged from all sides. Photo and details of staging will be included in the Exhibitor packet.
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Most Grand Tours included Italy for the architecture, the art, the food … the everything! Truman Capote captured this as he described “Venice, it’s like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”
A TRINKET BOX embellished (at least 50%) with dried plant materials in the style of Italian Micro Mosaics. Maximum size of box: 4 inches in width/depth/height. Box may be presented with lid open/closed/on/off. The box will be staged on a black riser atop a pedestal. The box will be supplied to the exhibitor upon registration. If mailing, please include a photograph of the preferred presentation on the riser. Viewed and judged from all sides. Photo and details of staging will be included in the Exhibitor packet.
Consuelo Vanderbilt was known for her swan-like neck which was often wrapped in pearls. Coco Chanel said, “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” Grace Kelly said, “The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” But Jackie Kennedy said it best: “Pearls are always appropriate.”
A NECKLACE, incorporating pearls constructed entirely of dried plant materials. The necklace will be staged within a niche on a torso form to be made available to the exhibitor upon registration. Niche lighted from above and painted Rosecliff White. Viewed from the front. Photo and details of staging will be included in the Exhibitor packet.
Exhibitor may borrow the torso form to create their necklace. The form must be returned at the end of the show. Arrangements to pick up the form can be made through the Division Chair. Shipping is available at Exhibitor’s expense.
Niche Size: 35 inches high x 31 1/16 inches wide x 23 inches deep. Interior may be enhanced.
In the mid-19th century, the great glasshouses like Baccarat, Saint-Louis, Clichy and Pantin revived ancient techniques such as flameworking, filigree and millefiori, “thousand flowers.” They were creating the first pieces marketed as paperweights. They were useful, fashionable, relatively inexpensive and cheery. They were also a way to keep flowers on desks even in winter, and their popularity spread through parts of Europe.
NOVICE CLASS (Open to anyone who has not won a Blue Ribbon in this division of The Newport Flower Show)
A PAPERWEIGHT design using dried and/or pressed plant materials. This class is open to Novices Only. Upon registration, exhibitors will receive a domed glass paperweight kit including backing materials. Photo and details of staging will be included in the Exhibitor packet. Domed paperweight size: 3 1/8 inches wide x 1 3/8 inches high. Additional finishing kits available: https://www.photoweights.com/finishing_kits.html (DOME/Black Selection)
A big part of going on the Grand Tour was sharing one’s discoveries with those back at home. As Mark Twain put it, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
A LETTER OPENER created from all dried and/or pressed plant materials. Length of design not to exceed 12 inches. The design will be staged within a niche using a stand to be made available to the exhibitor upon registration. Niche lighted from above and painted Rosecliff White. Viewed and judged from the front. Photo and details of staging will be included in the Exhibitor packet. Niche box size: 18 inches high x 12 inches wide x 12 inches deep.
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