My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

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.
R Brault

It is the time of year when we are all feathering our nests. Its not nearly cold enough to complain but summer is most certainly drawing to an end. Friday, September the 23rd, is the Autumnal Equinox (aequus meaning equal and nox meaning night in Latin) which means we will have an equal amount of day light hours as night darkness.

All things being Equal floral art design

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!

All things being Equal floral art fan design

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.

Detail of All things being Equal floral art design

I wove my fan out of tufts of grass flower heads, gathered and threaded through the fan slats.

Soft veil of green grass for the matt fall leaves

The stray grass spikelets are neatly tucked in and fanned out to create a soft veil of green for the matt fall leaves.

All things being Equal

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!

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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.