My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Ground Breaking

This design was part of my 2010 Fusion Flowers Magazine Designer of the year competition portfolio

"Sustainability can only be achieved through better design."
Edwin Datschefski


I truly believe that, as designers, we carry a huge ecological responsibility. When you design something you must already know how its life is going to end. If you are responsible for a design you must be, not only mindful of its usability today, but also responsible for its waste management.

In short, design better.

As Floral Designers we have an even greater responsibility- our medium is the natural resources, which are running out. Environmental awareness is no longer a choice. You can simply not afford to ignore it as a design consideration.

Waste management is probably the greatest source of creative inspiration for any Contemporary Designer. But the goal is not recycling but to up-cycle. Make it look good and desirable.
It is harder work but most things worthwhile are.

It is late summer here in Cape Town and the leaves are beginning to colour. I was inspired by some early Autumn leaves to create this design.

Floral Art design Ground Breaking

Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest

Detail of Ground Breaking

Small twigs are glued into a ball shape and covered in dark ground and bits of bark. From an opening in the ball the "water" cascade down and out of the breaking ground.

Chips of ground - Ground Breaking

Moss, green chrysanthemums, autumn leaves and broken chips of ground are placed around the edge of the ball opening.

Plastic water - Ground Breaking

Autumn leaves and autumn coloured roses, carnations and chrysanthemums are placed in glass tubes to float down in the "water".

Tip of plastic water- Ground Breaking

Tip of plastic "water"

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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.

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