Thanks-Weaving

I tip my Autumn hat in the spirit of celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving:
Thanks Weaving Floral art design
"I can
Weaving a hat with fall leaves and rose hips
no other
Weaving a hat from autumn leaves and rosehips with copper accents
answer make
Weave the garland to spiral out to create a decorative hat
but
Weaving a hat with an autumn leaf and rose hip garland
thanks,
Rose hips and autumn leaves
and thanks;
Wrap the garland in copper wire
and ever…
Autumn Thanks Giving Design
thanks."
William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night, Act 3 Scene 3)
Pluviophile
Pluviophile
Float grass snippets in water
Treasured Treasure
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Treasured Treasure
Twist a flat top wire ring to wear the treasures of Autumn
Leapfrog
Leapfrog
Fold and weave a frog from grass
Still
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Still
My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine
Creativity will come
Creativity will come
My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the New Zealand Floral Design Magazine
What's done is done
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What's done is done
My article and lace fine wreath design featured in the Autumn issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Brought Together
Brought Together
Loosely weave blades of grass together
Summer
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Summer
A quick and easy design for summer
A leg to stand on
A leg to stand on
Create a upright design by supporting the flowering stems
A sprinkling of magic fairy dust
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A sprinkling of magic fairy dust
Hard to believe but designers are already busy preparing for the Christmas Season. This is my article and design featured in the Inspired Florist, Christmas Edition
See you around
See you around
Weave a few spheres to create a simple design
Chain of Thought
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Chain of Thought
Knot small stems into decorative chain garlands
Unraveling fast
Unraveling fast
Weaving foliage to create a lush water scene
Us two
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Us two
Wedge a twig into a container to grow your air plants on
Clearly contained
Clearly contained
Clear containers need clear grids to keep the flowers in place
Fine Tune
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Fine Tune
Thread cane through sticks to make a music inspired armature
Stuck stick
Stuck stick
Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature
To
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To
Make a quick and easy twig disk armature
All white, just not quite
All white, just not quite
My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Be Silent And Listen
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Be Silent And Listen
Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature
Square
Square
Glue a stick cube to fit a cube vase
Say
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Say "I Do" to design decisions
This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Serendipity
Serendipity
Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques
Scattered
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Scattered
Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature
Bound to Keep
Bound to Keep
Weave and tie a decorative catcher to suspend flowers
Never saw such a lovely day...
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Never saw such a lovely day...
Weave a palm thorn garland to decorate for Easter
To think of that
To think of that
Create a natural, swinging test tube holder to keep flowers hydrated
Apricity
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Apricity
Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out
You are not done
You are not done
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
One of one of everyone
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One of one of everyone
Float flowers using a bubble wrap raft
Petrichor
Petrichor
A minimalist design in a shallow tray
From Something Old, Something New
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From Something Old, Something New
My article and succulent floral crown design featured in the spring issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Hatching a plan
Hatching a plan
Early spring floral nest design
Come on Over
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Come on Over
Weave an open foliage flower frog
Easy does it
Easy does it
Rip foliage to sprinkle as a light as air flower frog
Treasured Time
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Treasured Time
This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Glued to stay just so
Glued to stay just so
Wire and glue a twig armature
How do you do?
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How do you do?
Snow and twigs winter design
Love at second sight
Love at second sight
This is my article that I wrote for the Valentine's Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
It's stick season!
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It's stick season!
Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature
It's the moment you recognize the greatest source of strength in something... oh, so fragile
It's the moment you recognize the greatest source of strength in something... oh, so fragile
Fragile ice baubles, cyclamen and moss design
A gift for gifting
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A gift for gifting
Christmas gift design
Jingle Belling
Jingle Belling
Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath
Glistening and glowing out in the snow
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Glistening and glowing out in the snow
Glue twigs to create a snow scattered dome
Red, Redder, Reddest!
Red, Redder, Reddest!
My article and flower girl net basket design featured in the Red!issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
'Twas right before Christmas
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'Twas right before Christmas
Fold leaves to create a support to float orchids on
Excogitate
Excogitate
Ornamental cucumbers and air plants, with just a touch of green.
Foraging
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Foraging
This week's design is part of a challenge issued by Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio and Flirty Fleurs, Alicia Schwede, owner of Bella Fiori and Chuck Graham, Floral designer at BLOOM by Anuschka to create a design with anything I can pick up close to my design room. And no flowers allowed...
This is the Fragrance of November
This is the Fragrance of November
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
As the leaves melt away
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As the leaves melt away
Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers
Their work well done
Their work well done
String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design
All To Myself
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All To Myself
Cut and stain old books to create a paperback nook pumpkin armature
Have a heart!
Have a heart!
This is my article that I wrote for the Sympathy Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Whisk
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Whisk
Bend and glue a open basket to display fall leaves and flowers
Prickly
Prickly
Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers
All that glitters is gold
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All that glitters is gold
Phalaenopsis Orchid made from Autumn leaves
One foot at a time
One foot at a time
Delicate ballet slippers from the first Autumn leaves
Making it last
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Making it last
Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower
Been there, Seen that
Been there, Seen that
My article and woven heart basket design featured in the third anniversary issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Losing some of that Muchness
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Losing some of that Muchness
A barely there sisal Mad Hatter's floral hat
Hold on to the knot
Hold on to the knot
Bend and knot wire into a heart shaped armature
Something Like This
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Something Like This
Stack and glue a large twig rectangle to hang as room divider
Over the Blue
Over the Blue
Glue a twig rainbow to sit over a vase
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
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Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line
Getting into the competitive spirit of things
Getting into the competitive spirit of things
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Christmas. This is my article that I wrote for the Christmas Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Once, twice, thrice
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Once, twice, thrice
Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets
Pink
Pink
Weave an invisible grid to float the plant material on
Of trust… and belief… and stars…
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Of trust… and belief… and stars…
Weave and wrap and twirl and knot a summer floral nest
All it needed
All it needed
Clean, simple and restrained elegance: a single jasmine stem in a wine glass. All it needed was just a few extra blades of grass to tie it all together. And wings, of course!
This Moment
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This Moment
Create an armature design outside the vase
Watching that lazy town bee
Watching that lazy town bee
Spiral curl tiny bees to zoom around fragrant peonies
Just not Flowers!
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Just not Flowers!
My article and woven ring-box design featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
The day came
The day came
Weave a tiny rattan basket
Avoiding Decision Fatigue
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Avoiding Decision Fatigue
This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Natural, naturally
Natural, naturally
Weave a armature to rest a lily on
So happy together
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So happy together
Glue a sisal bubble for a few delicate flowers to rest in
An invisible line to cross
An invisible line to cross
Weave a strip to slip around a candle
Hanging Space
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Hanging Space
Suspend small bud vases with Macramé-like knotted wool. This design is featured on The Fusion Flowers Magazine Fusion Links page.
Hide-and-go-peek
Hide-and-go-peek
Create a soft light by making a leaf cocoon for a flameless candle
Unthinkably good things
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Unthinkably good things
Oncidium orchids hiding in a woven grass cup. This Design Tutorial is featured on The Conna Flower and Garden Club (Ireland) website. It is part of their Floral Art Lessons program that demonstrates new techniques, ideas and principles of Flower Arranging by International Designers.
April showers bring May flowers
April showers bring May flowers
After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!
In one basket
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In one basket
Weave a nest for an Easter design
The power of reinvention
The power of reinvention
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Than you have to
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Than you have to
Weave blades of grass to create a cover for a glass vase
Carry the comfort of winter textures with you into spring
Carry the comfort of winter textures with you into spring
My article and bridal bouquet designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Just Meshing About
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Just Meshing About
create a mesh to drape over the design to create a soft veil.
Designing with Mother Nature
Designing with Mother Nature
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Mother's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Making it work somewhere between a rock and a hard place
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Making it work somewhere between a rock and a hard place
Sometimes creative blunders becomes creative inspiration
Swimmingly
Swimmingly
Fold a grass fish for an easy going underwater design detail
It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques
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It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques
This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting
It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques
It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques
This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques
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It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques
This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club
A quirky kind of Love
A quirky kind of Love
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Valentine's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the December 2012 Valentine's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
A Pocket full of Starlight
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A Pocket full of Starlight
Knot a grid to place over a glass bubble vase to keep plant material in place
Please have snow… and presents under the tree
Please have snow… and presents under the tree
Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts
So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…
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So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…
Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log
It's a swell time…
It's a swell time…
An exceptional moment frozen in time… 12:12:12 12/12/12
'Tis the Season
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'Tis the Season
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
The glories of Christmases long, long ago…
The glories of Christmases long, long ago…
Weave a wire and twig Christmas chandelier
there’s a feeling
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there’s a feeling
Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas
Leaves by Hundreds came
Leaves by Hundreds came
A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn
Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off
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Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off
An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.
Frightis Botrytis!
Frightis Botrytis!
Weave a Midelino cane coil harvest basket to display ghost pumpkins and frightful woolly "botrytis" in. Have a fun Halloween everyone!
Everlasting
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Everlasting
Design Inspiration Video: Take a few twigs, snippets of air plants and succulents and combine both traditional wire and tape techniques with more contemporary methods to embed a Boutstix Magnet Stix right into the foundation of the design for a strong and secure way to attach corsages and boutonnieres.
Bright, brighter… brightest!
Bright, brighter… brightest!
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns
Growing Gratitude
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Growing Gratitude
Thank you.
Making an effort to appear effortless
Making an effort to appear effortless
Effortless is hard work! Effortless is difficult to achieve! Effortless takes years! The reward is exactly that; your work will be without effort. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
How to catch a dew drop:
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How to catch a dew drop:
Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop
Turning of the leaves
Turning of the leaves
An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again
Tying the knot and loosening those curls
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Tying the knot and loosening those curls
Romantic rose centerpiece with just a bit of an edge featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Tying the knot
Tying the knot
Gypsophilla design with Celtic love knots featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Own It!
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Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Own It!
My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!
Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!
My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Hard!
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Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Hard!
My second design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Cold!
Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Cold!
My first design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
A Twist on Tradition
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A Twist on Tradition
August is the month for retail florists and wholesalers to start designing, ordering and preparing their product range for the Christmas and Festive Season. This is my article that I wrote for the August 2012 Christmas design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Stringing in the rain
Stringing in the rain
A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies
Grown Glamour
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Grown Glamour
Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.
A little bit of Art and Soul
A little bit of Art and Soul
A twig structure with roses
So far so green
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So far so green
The only thing I needed to make these avocado green arums perfect was a small admirer...
Sticktoitness
Sticktoitness
Glue a heart shaped design made from bark and wood.
Twig-a-tude
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Twig-a-tude
Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer
Diamond Jubilee Waterfall
Diamond Jubilee Waterfall
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and Great Hall of Government House in Victoria, Canada entitled British Columbia Blooms.
Designing a Feeling
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Designing a Feeling
The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
Wish Upon a Dandelion Star
Wish Upon a Dandelion Star
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds
Flower Girl’s Butterfly Net and Ring Bearer Bug Box
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Flower Girl’s Butterfly Net and Ring Bearer Bug Box
Two fairy tale design details that will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of your wedding party. A tiny bug box to carry your rings in for the ring bearer and a small butterfly net filled with confetti petals for a small flower girl to scatter down the aisle. This DIY projects were fashioned for the DIY Weddings Magazine
The Beauty in the Sleeping Woods
The Beauty in the Sleeping Woods
As a floral artist I am inspired by the endurance of nature and my work is still re-creating the Sleeping Beauty Castle of my imagination.
Lean
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Lean
Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog
On the first warm day in May
On the first warm day in May
A ripped flax, Ranunculus and Mikado Reed drop shaped nest
Skipping stone
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Skipping stone
Weave a grass pebble for the orchid to nestle in.
Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces
Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces
Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Words Matter.
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Words Matter.
Braiding and plaiting and knotting hair is a huge trend in hairdressing at the moment. Intricate little plaits are draped over long flowing hair to add complexity and quirk. It’s a lovely design trend to add to floral art.
In a nutshell
In a nutshell
Sunday April 22 is Earth day and a tiny floral fridge magnet is a wonderful reminder of just how beautiful our planet is.
Spring Has Sprung!
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Spring Has Sprung!
The sprouts are sprouting and the bees are being and the birds are birding. Tempting as it is new growth is hard to condition. Hard, but not impossible
Spring Clean
Spring Clean
A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The feathers are made from Kyogi or shaved wood.
Designing Body Blooms
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Designing Body Blooms
Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
A Floral Fable:  Floriograpy Design
A Floral Fable: Floriograpy Design
This is the fourth and last design I did for my Floral Fable demonstration.
A Floral Fable:  Approach Design
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A Floral Fable: Approach Design
This is a detailed look at my third Floral Fable design. When you design, every detail you add matters and the smallest element can change the design completely.
A Floral Fable:  Colour Design
A Floral Fable: Colour Design
This is a detailed look at my second Floral Fable demonstration design
A Floral Fable:  Mood Design
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A Floral Fable: Mood Design
This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design
A Floral Fable Design demonstration Floral Art Structures
A Floral Fable Design demonstration Floral Art Structures
I did a Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show the designs in detail and add the design tutorials. This week I’ll look at the concept, the basic mechanics and the Floral Art structures, constructions and armatures used in the demonstration.
To have your centerpiece... and eat it too
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To have your centerpiece... and eat it too
This was my design for The Capilano Flower Arranging Club workshop. We were exploring designs using all things edible: fruit, vegetables and a bit of herbs.
Round and Round
Round and Round
Instead of weaving a platter try stacking the twigs from large to tiny small
Design-time saving tip sheet for a demanding Mother’s Day
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Design-time saving tip sheet for a demanding Mother’s Day
Time Saving Tips and Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
Nuts and Bolts of Floral Art Mechanics
Nuts and Bolts of Floral Art Mechanics
My design entered for evaluation at the Floral Trends Design Group meeting in South Africa
Blue Harlequin
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Blue Harlequin
A small hand held design as an alternative to a corsage.
Grow Love
Grow Love
Love grows!
Steeling yourself against stealing creativity
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Steeling yourself against stealing creativity
I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!
Three Drops of Floral Chocolate
Three Drops of Floral Chocolate
The design drips down in three tiers each celebrating life, love and connection.
Winter’s Green
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Winter’s Green
This contorted hazel twig reminded me of an ancient and wise bonsai tree. It definitely has a story of its own to tell. I wanted to capture that in my design. All it needed was to be aged with a beard of lichen and moss. And I couldn’t resist adding a lighter touch of fragrant paper white snowflakes to swing gently on its bare winter branches in the chilly breeze.
Designing Your Way to Profits
Designing Your Way to Profits
Floral Craftsmanship Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
Going Cold Twinkle Turkey
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Going Cold Twinkle Turkey
Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?
Bubbly New Year’s Sparklers
Bubbly New Year’s Sparklers
Delicate glass bubbles filled with the midnight blue African violet flowers, purple ornamental capsicum and spilling down the design are a few stems of rosary vine
Our finest gifts we bring,
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Our finest gifts we bring,
A small, all natural gift box woven from palm
Rocking around Three Candle Trees
Rocking around Three Candle Trees
Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table
Forest Filigree Christmas Wreath
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Forest Filigree Christmas Wreath
I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and dried flower bud clusters and operculum of Eucalyptus.
Jack Frost’s Christmas stocking
Jack Frost’s Christmas stocking
I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids
Earthly Angel
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Earthly Angel
Christmas Flower Trends 2011 starts with a Floral Craft Assignment from the Floral Trends Design Group to make an Earthly Angel garden decoration.
Winter formal
Winter formal
The elongated heart shape Echeveria waist corsage is meant to be worn low around the hip as a trailing ribbon clasp.
A snowball’s chance
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A snowball’s chance
I designed my posy to be light and feathery but also earthly, like a fresh snowball gathered from a forest floor.
On The Street Where You Live
On The Street Where You Live
A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.
Trick a levitating Treat
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Trick a levitating Treat
A fun Halloween ghost pumpkin design
In an Oriental Manner
In an Oriental Manner
I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.
Direct Contrasts
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Direct Contrasts
I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.
Thanksgiving Harvest
Thanksgiving Harvest
Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms
Pick-Up Sticks
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Pick-Up Sticks
A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect
All things being Equal
All things being Equal
The fan is made from 18 coffee stir sticks and dressed with a veil of grass, fall leaves and Viburnum berries
Cool, Collected and Contemporary
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Cool, Collected and Contemporary
My take on harnessing elegance, simply looped from lily grass. Cool, as in attention-grabbing idea. Collected, as in held together. And contemporary as in the latest thing
When Autumn Fall
When Autumn Fall
Autumn leaf composite flower
Ichi-go, ichi-e
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Ichi-go, ichi-e
Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.
Touchstone
Touchstone
A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.
Cherry twig cocoon
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Cherry twig cocoon
Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.
Pleated Pleasure
Pleated Pleasure
Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the "pleasure" part of my design
Magnetic Fields Forever
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Magnetic Fields Forever
The heart shape of my corsage is woven from shaved wood and then decorated with green strawberries. I used corsage magnets to place the corsage on the lapel of a jacket
Echeveria ring
Echeveria ring
Succulents are really trendy right now. Not just as potted plants but also in designs. All the way from floral accessory to fashion accessory- right on trend!
Tradition and Technique, Technique and Tradition
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Tradition and Technique, Technique and Tradition
When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!
Blown Away
Blown Away
Kyogi Paper and Phalaenopsis Orchids Blown Away in the wind
Iris Tuft Tassel
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Iris Tuft Tassel
Throughout their dangling history tiny to robust tassels were universally used as a finishing feature in fabric decoration and symbols of standing in religious order and nobility and military ranks.
WAFA 10th International Flower Show in Boston USA: This Glorious Earth
WAFA 10th International Flower Show in Boston USA: This Glorious Earth
I wove my Zipper from just over 300 short, dried rose twigs with tiny thorns on them. The delicate "fabric" at the back of the design is woven rose bush roots. Aranthera and Aranda orchids in tiny test tubes covered with rose stem bark are placed in the Zipper design.
Floating Boat Orchid
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Floating Boat Orchid
The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.
Cymbidium Friendship Arrangement in a Papier Mache Container
Cymbidium Friendship Arrangement in a Papier Mache Container
The Asian Cymbidium is considered a gift of respect and friendship. The florets are also considered symbols of "virtue" and "morality" in many other cultures.
Apples and Orchids
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Apples and Orchids
This is a wired bridal bouquet.
Boat Orchids
Boat Orchids
These dramatic sprays of orchids have thick, waxy flowers with five pointed sepals and petals (of approximately the same dimension) on each bloom and will last 2-4 weeks as cut flowers and 2-3 months as flowering plants.
It's Tulip Time!
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It's Tulip Time!
Tulips continue to grow once the stem is severed from the bulb. More often than not you can use this growth to create an ever changing design. But sometimes you want that tulip to stay in the position it is placed.
Copper wire Spiral pot scrubber becomes a Tiara
Copper wire Spiral pot scrubber becomes a Tiara
Design 3:Wedding Tiara. This is a real Cinderella design, one moment scrubbing pots and the next getting ready for the ball.
Drinking straws become flower test tubes
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Drinking straws become flower test tubes
Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.
The plastic inside of a roll of Florist tape becomes a Wrist Corsage
The plastic inside of a roll of Florist tape becomes a Wrist Corsage
Up-cycle the inner plastic ring from a roll of floral tape to make a wrist corsage
Happy Easter!
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Happy Easter!
Spring "Ice cream" posy with a Banana Leaf "cone"
Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club, Cape Town, South Africa
Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club, Cape Town, South Africa
So much goes into one stage design that I thought it would be worthwhile to break up the design elements and explore each in more detail.
Floral Art Demonstrations
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Floral Art Demonstrations
When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.
Mud Proverbs
Mud Proverbs
I prefer not to drape fabric over or hide my designs behind a screen before a demonstration. Instead I create a "diversion" that will capture the audience's interest.
Bark Wreath
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Bark Wreath
I needed the wreath to be as light as possible to make sure it would "dance in the rain" on the flexible metal stand.
The Plant Material used in the Demonstration
The Plant Material used in the Demonstration
I wanted my design to feature mostly growing plants- creating a natural display on the supernatural wreath.
Mud!!!
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Mud!!!
When I started researching mud as a possible enhancement to contemporary floral art I was thoroughly inspired by the possibilities.
Spider web covering the design with drops of glittering rain
Spider web covering the design with drops of glittering rain
Weaving hot glue spider webs
and to share with your Flower Friends on your birthday?
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and to share with your Flower Friends on your birthday?
Because it was my birthday I wanted to give the audience each a slice of birthday cake to celebrate with me. For obvious reasons I settled on dark chocolate Mud Pies.
SHAPE
SHAPE
Chrysanthemum Hourglass
MOULD
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MOULD
A mould is a hollow container or profile used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material as it cools and hardens.
ANTI-BACTERIAL
ANTI-BACTERIAL
Waxed fruit and a Hot Glue nest
FLOAT
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FLOAT
Reflex Tulip and Passion Fruit Tendrils in a wax disk
A Rock by any other Name...
A Rock by any other Name...
It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.
Crossing Boundaries
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Crossing Boundaries
Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis
Hanging Garden
Hanging Garden
Hanging garden Design using Rainbow Oasis Powder
A Work of Heart
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A Work of Heart
Carving hearts out of Rainbow Oasis to create an under water design
Prickly Oasis
Prickly Oasis
Create the two or more coloured details with Rainbow Oasis.
I've got my head in the clouds
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I've got my head in the clouds
Wax and Rainbow Oasis keep the flower heads in place.
Ground Breaking
Ground Breaking
Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest.
The last Vine Wreath
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The last Vine Wreath
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an attachment to my vine wreaths. This post features four designs using the same wreaths.
Inspired by Nature
Inspired by Nature
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.
Protea Composite
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Protea Composite
To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is similar in shape to an African clay vase used in wedding ceremonies.
South African Flower Union Calendar 2011
South African Flower Union Calendar 2011
My design "Desalination" featured in the 2011 South African Flower Union Calender

About me

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

Getting Creative with Boutstix Magnet Stix: Succulent and Air Plant Boutonniere ...

Hana , Kubari and Kenzan . Watch them as they follow your mouse hoping you will feed them by clicking the surface of the water.
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