Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
What goes around
Most of all… that it should be fun.
… it should be fun and it should be gratifying and entertaining and meaningful.
It should keep you curious.
You should be designing with flowers in a way that amazes you.
Not so different from any other “shoulds” in any other creative pursuit, come to think of it.
… and then you take all those "shoulds" and add what you have learned about craftsmanship…
… and it all comes around .
Craft a bottomless vase out of bark so that the floral stem is supported but can still stand in water to remain hydrated.
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .
Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems
Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.
Give a sturdy twig a cut to stay put in your Spring design.
Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree
It's the little sun-washed coloured hints that makes you look again to see if you really saw what you thought you saw... yes! There really are signs of autumn everywhere!
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor
My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.