Ginny Friedman Studio (click here to see more art)
Ginny Friedman Studio
23 16th Street Surf City, NJ 08008
Minitures and Botanical Jewelry
Good things come in really small packages
The challenge of duplicating everyday items in small scale is what got me interested in miniatures twenty years ago. Finding ways to perfect this skill is what keeps me interested.
I'm easily inspired by a delicious plate of food, a beautiful flower, or travel down an old familiar path. Almost anything can be duplicated in minia- ture with enough research, time and persistence.
My favorite tool is a ruler because if just one com- ponent is out of scale the feel of the entire piece is wrong. My biggest self restraint is knowing when to stop adding components and let each one stand on its' own merit.
I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoy the challenge of creating it.
Over the past 30 years I have been involved in the following artistic activities as a Volunteer.
Historic Bristol Day, Bristol Borough, PA – Chair of Period Craftsmen Tent Procure, Contract for appearance, coordinate move-in, lead contact day of event, follow up review.
Crafts included: blacksmith, weavers (wool, alpaca and angora), shale carver, glass blower, potter, silver, tin and gold smiths.
Philadelphia Flower Show:
Artistic and Horticultural exhibitor with the following awards (artistic only listed):Grand Sweepstakes (recipient 3 consecutive years) – awarded to the individual accumulating the most points in all Competitive classes throughout the duration of the show.
Competitive Artistic classes entered:
Botanical Jewelry, Miniature Arrangements, Miniature Room Settings, Pedestal, Small and Medium Niches, Pressed Plant – one and three dimensional.
Sarah C. Z. Groome Award – awarded to the individual accumulating the most points in all Artistic classes.
Phyllis M. Craig Award – awarded to the individual exhibiting an entry with the best use of color and design (Floral)
PHS Blue and Gold Award – Botanical Jewelry - Best In Show
Committee positions held: (note: I did not exhibit in any year I held a Committee position)
Designer Studio - Co Chair (3 years, 49 designers per year) – responsible for all Floral designers competing in the Designer Studio challenge, including floral material, supplies, scheduling and lead contact day of event.
Miniature Arrangements – Co Chair 2 years, Chair 2 years – responsible for 54 exhibitors per year competing in the Miniature Arrangements classes.
Botanical Jewelry – Chair 4 years – responsible for 18 exhibitors per year competing in the Botanical Jewelry classes.
Special Events: International Floral Designers Series (3 years)
Chaired special demonstration and workshop events with international floral designers - responsibilities included coordination with designer regarding program development, event space, procurement of floral and hard goods for demonstration, workshops and boutique. Day of event coordinator. Follow up review with action list. Acknowledgement to all sponsors.
Newport (RI) Flower Show:
Special Exhibit at the invitation of Mrs. Samuel M. V. (Dorrance) Hamilton
Botanical Jewelry – Best In Show
Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, Department of Malacology
Artistic Judge –3 years - International Sailors Valentine Shell Show American Institute of Floral Designers – Annual Symposium 3 years
Design assistant to Floral Artist Ron Mulray
See: “Ron Mulray: Peddling into the Future” You Tube courtesy of Mayesh Wholesale Florist
-responsible for all aspects of design workroom - including advance prep, floral and supply inventory and maintenance, scheduling, and assistance in the execution of floral designs.
Design assistant to Floral Artist Ron Mulray, stage presentation “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”
-responsible for all aspects of design workroom – including advance prep, floral and supply inventory and maintenance, stage preparation, assistance in the execution of floral designs, back stage coordination of models, final check and tweak prior to models taking stage.
Competition – Awarded 1st Place in Fitz design competition for “Heart on my Sleeve”, an innovative boutonnière design.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – exhibitor – PAFA in Bloom – Created and installed a fresh floral design to interpret a museum piece.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology – exhibitor (2 years) – Created and installed a botanical jewelry piece to interpret a museum piece. Created and installed a fresh floral design to interpret a museum piece.
Winterthur Museum – exhibitor- Through the Ages – created and installed multiple fresh floral designs to interpret a museum collection.
Philadelphia International Airport – Art At The Airport – exhibitor – 2 pieces of Botanical Jewelry Window dressing - Rittenhouse (Phila) salon
Conceive, develop, create and install seasonal window displays with the caveat they be “original and out of the ordinary”.