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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Inspired by Nature

This was my November 2010 entry in the Fleur Creatif and Gregor Lersch International Competition

The theme was I like... and my entry was being Inspired by Nature

Floral Art Design Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature- close up

Detail of Inspired by Nature design

Flax leaves are ripped with a kenzan and wrapped with copper wire and small blue beads to create a rope to weave into a delicate spider web.
A Phalaenopsis orchid plant and aerial roots, small husks of green Cape gooseberries and dried Hydrangea florets are glued to float on the web.

The web is then suspended in a dramatic Acacia tortilis branch.

Inspired by Nature

Flax spider web

Fleur Creatif and Gregor Lersch Competition entry form.

Fleur Creatif and Gregor Lersch Competition entry form and Competition Schedule

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14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

Favourite Flowers


Flax, New Zealand flax


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid


Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

24 February 2016 How to make an early Spring

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

21 September 2016 I found it this way: Spiderweb design

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