My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Copper wire Spiral pot scrubber becomes a Tiara

Used the Unusual to Use as Usual, again
Up-cycling design 1

In January I touched on the subject of up-cycling in Floral Art- in fact you will notice that I often up-cycle or even down-cycle or just plain recycle items in my art. Let me explain the difference between down-cycling and up-cycling.

Down-cycling is what we understood traditionally as "recycling". Take the life-cycle of a beautiful sheet of paper. Recycled it would become a slightly off colour paper towel then compressed in a pulp mould to become a mushy cup holder and then a really ugly egg box or electronics packaging before its boiled pulp is so useless it can only be (burnable) waste.

Up-cycling is the process of converting waste materials into products that are more valuable, better quality or of a higher environmental importance. Beautiful paper, when up-cycled becomes wallpaper. Burned out candle stumps become floral vases. An old wool jersey becomes felt pebbles. A cardboard box becomes the base of my Floral Hourglass sculpture. Re-purposed wire and fishing line found between the rocks on the beach becomes my In the bag Design.

Successful up-cycling in design always appear to be seamless and never forced.

Consider adding details only if it is the natural solution to a design problem. If you force "recycling" into a design it attracts too much attention and distract from the beauty of nature- which is still the point of Floral Art.

See below for a few more up-cycling designs links

Floral Art design wire tiara.

"Her Fairy Godmother magically appeared and vowed to assist Cinderella in attending the ball. She turned a pumpkin into a coach, mice into horses, a rat into a coachman, and lizards into footman. She then turned Cinderella's rags into a beautiful gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers."

Up-cycle a wire pot scribber to make a tiara

And in my version of the fairy tale: the pot scrubber became her Tiara.

Wire Tiara

A real Cinderella design: one moment scrubbing pots and the next getting ready for the ball.

Wire and Hydrangea Tiara- detail

Up-cycle a copper pot scrubber into a huge roll of copper ribbon wire to make a luxurious tiara fit for a princess for less than $2.

Hydrangea florets on a wire tiara

And dress up the tiara with a few flowers

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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.

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