My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Biomimicry: “is the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes”

Video: Looking back at the preparations and my Biomimicry design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group (South African Flower Union) in South Africa

For a detailed look at the concept of the workshop (and additional pictures of the workshop) see Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop

Design 1:


We had a look at how plants remain hydrated. Transpiration causes a vacuum and this moves water up the plant. Just like a drinking straw.

Biomimicry Design 1

For our first design I showed how I make water test tubes to keep plants hydrated out of drinking straws

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions

Design 2:


For this design I discussed how we find our own design style. Mine has somehow become "sticking plant things to other plant things"

Biomimicry Design 2

Creating small ecosystems where your design elements can creatively come together.

Design 3:

Copper wire

In this design we looked at how plants attach to things. Think tendrils and suckers and winding. I discussed how to use copper wire pot scrubbers to wind around twigs to create garlands and how to curl wire tendrils...

Biomimicry Design 3

... and curls.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to unravel a copper pot scrubber and how to design with it.

Design 4:


We looked at how plants grow by moon-cycles and I talked about gravity and magnetism.

Biomimicry Design 4

... and I slipped a Boutstix Corsage Magnet into my water filled test tube and used the partner magnet to attach it in my design

Design 5:

Three legs

In this design I discussed the benefits of balancing your design on three legs

Biomimicry Design 5

We made our own tripods and I showed how tripods can be made using acrylic tubes and a 3D printed triangle


It was such a great day! 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)