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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Ground Breaking

This design was part of my 2010 Fusion Flowers Magazine Designer of the year competition portfolio

"Sustainability can only be achieved through better design."
Edwin Datschefski

I truly believe that, as designers, we carry a huge ecological responsibility. When you design something you must already know how its life is going to end. If you are responsible for a design you must be, not only mindful of its usability today, but also responsible for its waste management.

In short, design better.

As Floral Designers we have an even greater responsibility- our medium is the natural resources, which are running out. Environmental awareness is no longer a choice. You can simply not afford to ignore it as a design consideration.

Waste management is probably the greatest source of creative inspiration for any Contemporary Designer. But the goal is not recycling but to up-cycle. Make it look good and desirable.
It is harder work but most things worthwhile are.

It is late summer here in Cape Town and the leaves are beginning to colour. I was inspired by some early Autumn leaves to create this design.

Floral Art design Ground Breaking

Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest

Detail of Ground Breaking

Small twigs are glued into a ball shape and covered in dark ground and bits of bark. From an opening in the ball the "water" cascade down and out of the breaking ground.

Chips of ground - Ground Breaking

Moss, green chrysanthemums, autumn leaves and broken chips of ground are placed around the edge of the ball opening.

Plastic water - Ground Breaking

Autumn leaves and autumn coloured roses, carnations and chrysanthemums are placed in glass tubes to float down in the "water".

Tip of plastic water- Ground Breaking

Tip of plastic "water"

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29 January 2011 Brick on a stick

Create simple but effective stands for Floral Art

29 January 2011 Melt plastic Soda Bottles into the "water" shapes

Heat makes the plastic distort creating fantastic shapes

29 January 2011 Broken chips of ground

Add chips of soil as accessories to your Floral Design

Favourite Flowers


Chrysanthemum or "mums"



Related Designs

29 April 2011 Copper wire Spiral pot scrubber becomes a Tiara

Design 3:Wedding Tiara. This is a real Cinderella design, one moment scrubbing pots and the next getting ready for the ball.

25 April 2011 Drinking straws become flower test tubes

Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.

24 April 2011 The plastic inside of a roll of Florist tape becomes a Wrist Corsage

Up-cycle the inner plastic ring from a roll of floral tape to make a wrist corsage. This design was also featured in the Italian floral design magazine Blossom Zine

11 May 2016 Pour

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

29 June 2016 Make the design

Weave a reed cradle to suspend orchids from

12 October 2016 I found it this way: Bird nest design

This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

16 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Snipped into Sections

This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

6 September 2017 One of those difficult questions

Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack