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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group, South African Flower Union

This is a look at my design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group (South African Flower Union) in South Africa. You can also see the video of the workshop on my side bar.

The workshop looked at Biomimicry and how we can find the answers to our design problems by looking at how nature solves the same problem.

Biomimicry: “Is the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes”

It is the science and art of emulating nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day problems.

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 1

Floral art has always found its inspiration in replicating natural forms. Contemporary floral art no longer merely replicate the forms but also mimics the rules governing these forms.

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 2

How do we successfully make the transition between traditional and contemporary designs? When faced with a design challenge ask yourself:

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 3

How does nature make things?

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 4

How does nature make the most of things?

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 5

How does nature make things disappear?

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 6

What would nature do?

Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop 7

Thank you to everyone at The Floral Trends Design Group in Cape Town, South Africa for a flowery fun day of designing.


And a special thank you to Boutstix Floral Magnets for our design favours

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5 January 2011 Peel a Protea flower

Peel away the tepals and bracts from a Protea flower hear to make a large composite flower orb

29 March 2012 Use a BoutStix Floral Magnet to hang test tubes

This is a fast and easy way to hang test tubes in a design

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

5 May 2011 Wire baubles

Make baubles from wire

5 May 2011 Wire curls

curl wire to add to designs

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

7 September 2012 The Three legged trick for Upright Constructions

When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.

2 October 2013 Twig garland

Add a dangling garland of twigs to the design

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

28 August 2013 Unravel Sisal string to get Sisal Fibers

I purchase a huge roll of sisal string to use... sometimes as string, but mostly I unravel it for the fibers

7 April 2012 A Neighbor friendly way to deflate a balloon

Apart from avoiding the noise popping a balloon makes this is also a less violent way to deflate a balloon when you make Papier Mache items

8 May 2013 Glue a Sisal Fiber Bubble

Mix Sisal fibers and glue to make a bubble

19 June 2013 Sisal Disk

Create a inflexible circle armature to hang flowers from

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid


Anthurium, Tailflower, painters palette, Flamingo flower


Protea (but each variety also has a common name)

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