Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
It starts with a little wiggle… and then a Wiggle!!! Wiggle!!!
soon there’s a whirl and a twirl and a bop of the head
a skip and a spin and before you know it arms are flailing wildly
a leap, a sway and a hop and both feet stomping
… and if you really are doing a happy dance surely there's “woooohoooo!” in there just for fun
Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids
For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...
Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.
Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...
I do not believe in arranging flowers without a water source of some kind. I want my flowers to remain as beautiful for as long as possible and I often get quite creative to...
Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.
Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds
Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.
A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...