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Additional information from New Competitors Manual

Kent Area of NAFAS
Resume of Changes & Amendment to the
NAFAS Competitions Manual - Third Edition 2015

I do hope you will find the information detailed helpful and useful in identifying and clarifying the changes and amendments to the new Competitions Manual.
Jenny Nye
Kent Area Judge’s Representative

The following was published in Insight, Spring 2016
and written by National Judging Chairman - Pam Fleming-Williams,

Aims of Competitive Work
Have been amended to uphold the principles of conservation as stated in the Wild Life and Countryside Act 1981 by not using rare and protected wild plant material, preserved animals, birds, insects, coral, sea fans and pernicious/invasive plants.

An Exhibit
Is now defined as being composed of natural plant material in all its forms, to allow use of materials such as Kyogi and Midelino to encourage creativity and dispel worry that they are not allowed under NAFAS rules.
Items such as corn dollies and wooden figurines are now classed as plant material.The National Judging Committee has consulted with Judges and Competitors and has issued the following list of products/items that may be considered to be plant material for the purposes of flower arrangement competitions.

Natural Plant Material
Must predominate in any class. See list of allowed plant material below.
This now includes Still Life classes which had sometimes been a mystery to competitors as to the percentage of plant material expected.
The focus will now be on the skill of the arranger in the restrained use of inanimate objects.

Small Scale Exhibits
Petite & Miniature
• A Petite - an exhibit not exceeding 25cms in width and depth. Height if stated, should be good proportion, e.g. width 25cms, depth 25cms, height 37cms or width 17cms, depth 17cms, height 25cms.
• A Miniature - an exhibit not exceeding 10cms in width and depth. Height if stated, should be good proportion, e.g. width 10cms, depth 10cms height 15cms or width 7cms, depth 7cms, height 10cms.

Pre-Done Work
Competitors, Show Committees and Judges had, for a long time struggled with how much
pre-prepared work could be included in a competitive exhibit. There was no definitive ruling on this; it was up to each individual show, steward or judge. This created a lot of confusion.
The advice given on Page 15 of the new Competitions Manual is that any amount of pre-done work may be included.
• “Many techniques, whether contemporary or traditional, require a great deal of time to complete. Pre-done work of this type is acceptable in any class unless specifically excluded by the Show Schedule”.
It is now the remit of each schedule writer/competition secretary/show committee to include, should they wish to, specific classes in which no pre-done work may be included.

Subsequently the following information was included in “The Judges Link - Spring 2016 Edition” and is replicated here. It adds clarity to the topic.

“Pre Done Work – Question of the Moment”
What’s the difference between pre-done work and crafted items?

Pre Done Work is most consistently a very time-consuming technique such as weaving, pinning, stringing, knotting, gluing, etc., used to create a contemporary exhibit (though not exclusively) as opposed to a crafted item such as a piece of floral jewellery, a handbag or a collage backing which is a stand-alone piece incorporated into a design, as an accessory might be.

For those people who object to/do not wish to have anything to do with pre-done work, then it is up to the schedule writers to get on board and give competitors classes where this is specially not allowed.

Finally, a summary I have produced with a List of the Changes and related page numbers.
Page Heading Changed to From
8 Plants and Flowers “Include” replaces “Featuring”
9 Traditional/Traditional Mass Definition Added
10 Art in the Environment Replaces Land Art
11 Montage Added “layers of different elevation”
Screens Renamed from Floral Screens
Fluid Screens Removed
Underwater Removed
12 Contemporary Baling Removed
15 Pre-Done Work Definition Added
16 Craft Classes Best In Show Comment Added
18/19 Period Exhibits Definitions
Judging Criteria Added Removed

20 Accessories Definition Amended
Base Artificial Turf
Definition Added
Basket Definition Amended
55 Information to include for the competitor Disability assistance Added
63 Recommended Reading Now referred to NAFAS web site and link to National Judges Committee page.


Plant Material in All its Forms
Artefacts made of Wood
Boards, Bowls, Boxes, Spoons
Carved flowers, fruit, vegetables, fungi, etc
Flowers made of wood shavings or similar
Wood shavings

Artefacts made of Cotton
Balls of cotton yarn
Knitted items – fabrics, clothing, textiles, etc
Woven items – fabrics, home textiles, clothing, etc

Artifacts made of Jute
Fishing nets / Netting
Hessian and Scrim
Home Textiles
Mats & carpets
String and Rope

Artefacts made of Straw / Hay / Grass
Bird’s Nest
Corn Dollies
String & Rope

Artefacts made of Cork
Bottle stoppers
Mats / Matting

Artefacts made of Cane

Paper of fibres from Agave (Agave bagasse paper)
Cotton or cotton rags
Daphne (Lokta paper)
Fig (Bark cloth)
Flax Rice
Grass (Chhapri paper)
Jute (Gunny paper)
Mulberry (Washi/Rakusui and others)
Nettle (Ramie paper)
Papyrus Sugar cane (Bagasse paper)
Sugar cane (Bagasse paper)
Mixed organic fibres
(eg coconut, water hyacinth, gampi, mulberry)

Artefacts made of card / paper
Cut, moulded, glued, shredded, woven items, etc Egg boxes
Flowers, leaves, vegetables, fungi, etc
Origami items

Additional items not mentioned above
Coconut fibre
Midelino (Rattan)
Plant fibres/’tops’ such as soya and bamboo
Seaweed (Nori, Gim, Wakami, etc)
Takenokawa (bamboo culm sheath)
Waxed fruit and vegetables


Created 01/11/2016 by Pam Hayward

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