Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
The Space Between
Ma is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as "gap", "space", "pause" or "the space between two structural parts"
Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
the space between them is the essence of the wheel.
Pots are formed from clay,
the space inside them is the essence of the pot.
Walls with windows and doors form the house,
the space within them is the essence of the house.
Traditional Japanese poem
Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...
Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it...
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids
Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...
Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book
Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.