Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
I found it this way: Bird nest design
- 12 October 2016
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This is the fourth design I did for my "I found it this way" Floral art demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging Club .
As the temperature starts to cool down here in Vancouver and we are heading into early autumn, we are all starting to spend more time indoors, we looked at nests crafted outdoors.
I used a pendant nest as my inspiration for my bird's nest design
The male birds build the nest...
... in an elongated sac shape...
... from grass and other pliable material
The nest is suspended from a branch.
it takes up to 500 trips for a bird to build a nest
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For my "I found it this way" Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club, I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles and we...
I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon
A sturdy shape made by binding Mikado reeds keeps the thin strands of flax in place.
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...
Wrap and weave and twirl and dangle foliage to create a spiral nest
The cage spirals to form a basket that wrap around the plump ripe berries (or you can slip in a flower) to hang as connections between the twigs.
Flowery nest desmonstration
When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!
Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.
Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop