Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
All things being Equal
Autumnal Equinox: September the 23rd
The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.
I wanted my fan to hint to the radiantly warm summer we had in Vancouver but also be comforting for the cold days ahead. Just like autumn!
The fan is shaped in a sector of a circle, glued on equal length wooden slats (nice word for 18 up-cycled Birch coffee stir sticks) which revolve around a pivot so that it can be closed when not in use or opened wide when dressed up for fall.
I wove my fan out of tufts of grass flower heads, gathered and threaded through the fan slats.
The stray grass spikelets are neatly tucked in and fanned out to create a soft veil of green for the matt fall leaves.
Bright and shiny red orange Viburnum berries add colour contrast and balance to this textural design.
The design was woven so securely that it dried beautifully. The grass and the leaves became slightly paler and softer in colour- blending even better with the wood of the fan. I am still waiting for the berries to dry- they are still plump and red and beautiful a week after I took these pictures!
I wanted to make a thin and delicate fan with open spaced slats for weaving plant material through.
The fine sections of grass are securely woven and interwoven and resting on the wooden slats. It looks very fragile but is secure enough to use.
My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips
This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration