My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Pleated Pleasure

A Floral Trends Design Group Assignment
Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric.

Pleated Pleasure floral art design

Pleated Pleasure

Pleat garland from foliage

I wound my basket bowl shape out of an Aspidistra leaf garland made up of small accordion pleats similar to those used when folding a fan.

Allium flower heads and orchids in a pleated basket

Nestled low in the pleat basket,just off center, is a single yellowish-green phalaenopsis orchid and shadowing it, three tight buds of Allium flower heads. The pleasure part of my design is the Alliums. They are fascinating beyond believe as they twist and turn while they follow the sunlight in the room creating an ever changing design.

Lastly, I draped a knot made of a ripped Aspidistra leaf over the design to break up the tension created by the pleat pattern.

Pleated Pleasure basket from Aspidistra leaves

I used test tubes filled with water to keep my flowers fresh but I could also stand the design in a shallow tray filled with water- it is the basket frame that suspend and balance the design.

When your design is balanced on twigs or legs, like this one, place one of the legs facing forward.
Visually this creates balance but it will also stop the basket from toppling forward once you add the flowers.

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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