Portland Rose Parade 2008

Portland Rose Parade

As a senior at BYU-Idaho I was given an opportunity to design for the rose parade in Portland Oregon. We volunteered with the company Studio Concepts. As you can see from the next picture everything that was on the float had to be all natural material. So many things were used such as rice, barley, coconut. Some of which needed to be dyed so as to get the desired color.

I loved it! It was one of the best experiances that I have ever had! I don't think that I have ever seen that many flowers in one room in my life. They were saying that if you were to send a dozen roses to your Mother everyday for 40 years, that was how many flowers that we used! As a team we worked on over 6 floats together. Below you will see a lay out of the designs that I participated in.

This design was a lot of fun, as you can see it used a lot of flowers, glads, lilies, roses ect. This was the very first design that we made. So it took us a few minuites to get going but then it turned out great! We won best placement of roses in the competition!

This was the opening float! It was a lot fo fun to do more of a phoneix style arrangement. We did four of this size on that float and then a couple other hanging arrangements on either side of the logo.

"Dressed like a King" was the theme for this float. So we designed with a crown of a king in mind. This is a picture of me and a couple of the girls that I worked with. You can really see how huge the designs were behind us.

These designs were a lot of fun. This float was Vauna's float, the previous coordinator for all of Studio Concepts. There were to be 3 different couples on this float that were renewing their vows. Yes with a preist and all. It was really special.

This design was probably my favorite! It was a huge teady bear that was dressed like a clown. So the flowers that we were given were meant to look playful and clown-like in their presentation. I think we did a pretty good job!

These designs were from the 'Native - American' float. So they are more free and wild-life, rather than something you might see in a flower shop.

On this float, the designs were started by Dayrol and we were asked to finish them. It was more of a jungle themed float.

This experience stretched me like I have never been stretched before. We were not hardly given any intructions, they gave us flowers and we had to design. I wouldn't trade it for the world. It was a blast!

1 comment:

Gerritnow said...

Hey, I love your photos..they are really nice...