I’m fairly good at written work, unexpectedly good at botanical names tests, but find practical work more of challenge. So imagine my surprise when we had an assessment to do a corsage, something I’ve always found challenging (my wires are too thick and twisted; my branching unit isn’t great; flowers aren’t distributed well; there’s no focal flower), and I somehow walked away with a distinction for this design. I was gobsmacked.
A week later, it was back to reality. We had an ikebana-style hand-tied test and all of us, bar two students, failed it. Luckily, our tutors have given us the holidays to research and practise the design, and resit it in the new year.