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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

To have your centerpiece... and eat it too

We often hear "you first eat with your eyes" or "a feast for the eyes" -I love that.
Of course presentation matters!
This was my design for The Capilano Flower Arranging Club workshop. We were exploring designs using all things edible: fruit, vegetables and a bit of herbs.

Edible floral art design

For my design I used a fruit that is a vegetable

Edible centerpiece for an Italian dinner table.

The plump vine tomatoes were so pretty that all I needed to do was add a sprinkle of chives and a few sheets of lasagna.

Well, maybe we also need a bit of cheese....

Vine tomatoes, lasagne and chive centerpiece.

I used Kyogi paper to separate the lasagna sheets.

Kyogi paper was historically used in Japan to wrap food. All natural, keeps the food from drying out, adds a subtle flavour and it can be composted to return to the crop-soil-cycle! It is pine (or cedar) wood that is shaved so thin its almost transparent. It can be wrapped, rolled, cut, stained, torn and easily glued.

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10 March 2012 Kyogi paper wood veneer

I wanted to create extremely light weight wooden blocks for my design. The easiest way is to cover Styrofoam with a Kyogi paper veneer.

Related Designs

22 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting.

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

11 April 2011 Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden Design. South African Horticultural Society Show 2009