Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
This design was part of my 2010 Fusion Flowers Magazine Designer of the year competition portfolio
"Sustainability can only be achieved through better design."
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.
Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest
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.
Moss, green chrysanthemums, autumn leaves and broken chips of ground are placed around the edge of the ball opening.
Autumn leaves and autumn coloured roses, carnations and chrysanthemums are placed in glass tubes to float down in the "water".
Tip of plastic "water"
Design 3:Wedding Tiara. This is a real Cinderella design, one moment scrubbing pots and the next getting ready for the ball.
Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.
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
This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration
This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration