Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
- 19 February 2011
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Floral Trends Design Group Assignment
Oasis Design 5
In geography, an oasis is a remote area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source.
In Floral design Oasis is basically the same thing.
It is a small block of floral foam that we use as a water source for plant material.
But as a contemporary designer there is so much more you can do with Oasis. Over the coming month I will explore and use Oasis (focusing mostly on Rainbow Oasis) in my designs and add a few tutorials as I go along.
My Oasis design series include: Prickly Oasis, my take on using Oasis as a water source, A Work of Heart, using Oasis to weigh down an underwater garland Hanging Garden Oasis in powder form, One Singular Sensation, carving pebbles, Crossing Boundaries, using Oasis to conceal mechanics and A Rock by any other Name.. for Oasis rocks
See below for the design links
"Crossing Boundaries" Floral Trends Club Arrangement
Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the “under” and the “over” of the design.
Under detail of my Crossing Boundaries design.
Over detail of my Crossing Boundaries design.
Aluminum wire (lime green) and thin ivy stems and tight bud lilies follow the curve and cross the horizontal lines of the twigs.
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Covering test tubes with foam make them completely disappear in a design
How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
Even long nose pliers without grooves still damage soft aluminum wire. Pad the pliers with a plaster.
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
Carving hearts out of Rainbow Oasis to create an under water design
It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.
A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals
A quick-to-do-but-looks-impressive way to display a beautiful cut garden vine for an effortless summer design.
Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.