Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
In the Bag
South African Flower Union Congress 2010 IN-NEW-VATIONS
In the Bag
My bag was entered into the craft section of our annual National Show in 2010.
This means that I could prepare the design ahead of time and stage it at the show.
It was an Environmentally Conscious Show with the focus on recycling.
My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line which I found on the beach, between the rocks!
I wired tiny little pots filled with potting soil and a single Sweet Pea seed into the inside of the bag.
I pressed a short straw deep into the soil of each pot to insure proper hydration and covered the pots with Sisal to make it less noticeable (unless you look..."In the Bag"!).
The 12 weeks that followed I watered each little pot through the straw with a syringe
Each day I would gently guide the fragile stems until it covered the entire bag.
It was like knitting with Mother Nature- one centimeter at a time!
At the show I arranged a few Cape gooseberry pods and the most exquisite miniature Persian pink phalaenopsis orchids into the wire structure.
For another example of a Design featuring growing plants look at my Mud!!! Demonstration
I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.
Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
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...
Design 3:Wedding Tiara. This is a real Cinderella design, one moment scrubbing pots and the next getting ready for the ball.
Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag
A cascade of orchids growing over a slice of wood. Easy to design... and even easier to maintain!