My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

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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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.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid


Anthurium, Tailflower, painters palette, Flamingo flower


Protea (but each variety also has a common name)