My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

In the Bag

South African Flower Union Congress 2010 IN-NEW-VATIONS
In the Bag

My bag was entered into the craft section of our annual National Show in 2010.
This means that I could prepare the design ahead of time and stage it at the show.

It was an Environmentally Conscious Show with the focus on recycling.

Floral Art Handbag Design "In the bag"

My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line which I found on the beach, between the rocks!

I wired tiny little pots filled with potting soil and a single Sweet Pea seed into the inside of the bag.

Floral Art Bag design:In the bag.

I pressed a short straw deep into the soil of each pot to insure proper hydration and covered the pots with Sisal to make it less noticeable (unless you look..."In the Bag"!).

Growing a Floral Art Handbag with tiny plants:  In The Bag

The 12 weeks that followed I watered each little pot through the straw with a syringe

In the bag Floral Art design: tiny sweet pea plants growing to cover the bag

Each day I would gently guide the fragile stems until it covered the entire bag.

It was like knitting with Mother Nature- one centimeter at a time!
At the show I arranged a few Cape gooseberry pods and the most exquisite miniature Persian pink phalaenopsis orchids into the wire structure.

For another example of a Design featuring growing plants look at my Mud!!! Demonstration

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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.




Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines


Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry


Sweet pea


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid