My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

A Rock by any other Name...

Oasis Design 6
In geography, an oasis is a remote area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source.

In Floral design Oasis is basically the same thing.

It is a small block of floral foam that we use as a water source for plant material.
But as a contemporary designer there is so much more you can do with Oasis. Over the coming month I will explore and use Oasis (focusing mostly on Rainbow Oasis) in my designs and add a few tutorials as I go along.

My Oasis design series include: Prickly Oasis, my take on using Oasis as a water source, A Work of Heart, using Oasis to weigh down an underwater garland Hanging Garden Oasis in powder form, One Singular Sensation, carving pebbles, Crossing Boundaries, using Oasis to conceal mechanics and A Rock by any other Name.. for Oasis rocks
See below for the design links

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.

Detail of A Rock by any other Name design

I carved the rocks to be slightly more pod shaped than rounded to emphasize the shape of the lily buds.

Lilies and Oasis pebbles.

A Mikado Reed armature or grid placed over the rocks keeps the lilies nestled securely in a double half moon.

Mikado Reed armature for the lilies.

I made a very thin felt strip from wool to cover the test tubes with so that they blend and disappear into the design without distracting from the pod shapes.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet”
William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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Christine de Beer

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.