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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Mud Proverbs

Mud proverbs

I prefer not to drape fabric over or hide my designs behind a screen before a demonstration. Instead I create a "diversion" that will capture the audience

MUD Proverbs

For this demonstration I draped beaded copper wire in long garlands from wire covered with willow, down the wreath with "mud" proverbs from all over the world.

Willow detail on Proverbs Wire

I tied the wires onto a curled wire covered in rolled willow to create a proverbs wire. This way I could remove the willow wire with all the dangling "raindrops" and mud proverbs easily, all at once, just as the music starts and I start to demonstrate my design.

For this design I also covered my test tubes and dressed the plant and wire stand with willow to tie the details.
As back ground sound (while the audience entered and settled) I played a recording of thunder and rain to create the impression that the beads are tiny drops of water running down the wood onto the ground creating…. Mud… glorious puddles of mud… During the demonstration I played whimsical music that makes you want to dance in the rain. After the demonstration I again played the sounds of rain.

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Tutorials

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

Related Designs

9 April 2011 Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club, Cape Town, South Africa

So much goes into one stage design that I thought it would be worthwhile to break up the design elements and explore each in more detail.

5 April 2011 Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club

My demonstration looked at ways to use mud to enhance floral art.