My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Aerial Odyssey

I was invited to stage a design at this year's Canada Blooms Flower Show as an International Competitor to represent Canada.

Our design theme was: Aerial Odyssey and my design is a snap shot of that time when some plants went on a great adventure/journey through space. You see, I was wondering... how would plants go on a flying adventure (an Aerial Odyssey) ... and I realized they already are... and so are we!

Christine de Beer Aerial Odyssey design at Canada Blooms

So... for my Aerial Odyssey design I crafted an overgrown, lush green planet floating (ok, floating in a... balanced on clear acrylic legs with grass swirling all around to look like it's floating... kind of way) in a blue sky ('cause see the background)

Christine de Beer International section at Canada Blooms

And of course every planet needs an ecosystem. For the inside of the planet I carefully constructed a habitat: Twirling grasses and lush blue Vanda Orchids flourish around a clear water pool while being hydrated by a single splash of water every 3 seconds from high enough so that it splashes on to the plant material- because the higher the drop, drops the bigger the splash!

International section representing Canada Aerial Odyssey design at Canada Blooms

This single drop of water is pumped (yes, I made a tiny battery operated pump fitted to the back of the design... you will see it better in the video) so that the water makes it's journey from inside the pool...

Sustainable zero waste no floral foam flower arranging competition design

... see the clear pipe in the glass container? Just a little up to the left...

Ecosystem in floral design

... it is installed all the way around up the grass armature...

Blue light wired into the floral design

... see the blue light, there where it points right into where it drops? to drop and roll down a single blade of grass...

Dropping a single drop of water into a vase floral design

... and splash back down into the pool.

Canada Blooms 2020

... not unlike evaporation, falling down as rain on our own floating planet where we are having our Aerial Odyssey on!

Thank you to Canada Blooms, The Garden Club of Toronto and The Toronto Flower Show and for inviting me to design.

NOTE: We were about 7 (of 10) hours into staging the designs at the show when the health assessment went from Low Risk to first Closed For Public Viewing and a few hours later Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Tutorials

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

29 May 2019 Weaving and Interweaving for contrast

My block design is shaped around a Styrofoam block. It is bulky but lightweight and a great way to reuse packaging.

29 May 2019 Taking a break when weaving with grass

When weaving a more labour intensive design you might want to/have to break for a few hours. This is the best way to keep the project from dying out too quickly.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

13 March 2019 Interweave an enchanted gift basket

A bit of a planned-messy woven basket that is sturdy enough to carry small items.

14 August 2019 Long lasting Lily and lily grass ball

Keep all the fresh flower material hydrated in water by weaving the stems from one side of the vase to the other.

29 January 2020 Weave a long lasting (without using floral foam) in a vase floral design basket

Give your woven grass a water source by designing the basket in a vase rather than placing the vase in a basket

5 April 2017 Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.

20 July 2016 Twisted Lily Grass sun hat

Twist and weave a sun hat from blades of lily grass

25 January 2017 Detailing a messy edged grass basket

Weave a basket from lily grass and then cut and curl the edges

14 January 2015 Weaving Slippers from Foliage

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

3 April 2013 Twin Leaf Weave

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

Related Designs

29 May 2019 Creative Competition

This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...

13 March 2019 How to avoid your wedding treasures from becoming “after the event trash”

My article and grass wedding basket design.

14 August 2019 For a longer lasting Summer

A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.

29 January 2020 Peekaboo

A light and airy (no floral foam but still long lasting) floral design for those days that you are really, really looking for signs of Spring.

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

20 July 2016 A Shade of Summer

Twist and weave a lily grass summer hat

14 January 2015 Take a load off

Weave slippers from foliage

16 July 2014 Unraveling fast

Weaving foliage to create a lush water scene

3 April 2013 April showers bring May flowers

After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show