Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Easter Parade Demonstration and Accessory Workshop
For my Easter Parade Demonstration I made 6 hand-tied designs within armatures. The concept was to pick up the design while demonstrating and to literally "parade" from country to country around the world (and from table to table around the audience) to explore how Easter is celebrated in different cultures.
At demonstrations, it is usually a rush to get seats right up-front. I wanted to try a different approach. I wanted to give each member a "front-row-seat" for at least one design. I arranged the tables in a large circle and set the design pedestals next to each table. Each table was decorated in white, green and a unique colour to set them apart.
As a table arrangement I made three floral blocks (Oasis wrapped in Banana leaves with Easter Lilies and roses) accessorized with all the "equipment" the members will need to take part in the workshop that followed after each design was discussed. As an example: We used the paper streamers to fold crosses for Palm Sunday (Brazil) and the wire and twigs were used to make twig garlands that represented the Chinese writing draped over the scroll design (China).
Easter Parade green table representing Brazil
Easter Parade red table representing America
We also had the Floral Designer version of an Easter Egg Hunt: Each member received a favour bag with a freshly baked Hot Cross Bun in. Inside 3 of the party favour bags on each table was a sticker of a full, half or quarter Easter egg. The full egg wins the large floral block on their table, the half egg wins a medium block and the quarter egg wins the small block.
As a club fundraiser we also had a raffle to determine who wins one of the six hand tied arrangements.
Palm Sunday in Brazil
Detail of the design: Bird woven from palm leaves
Detail of the design: Thorn crown woven from palm leaves
Watering Monday in Ukraine
Detail of the Crescent Design: Ukraine- Watering Monday
New York Easter Parade in America
Detail of the design: Sisal stars
Easter Parade Workshop "How Easter is celebrated in France"
Detail of the contemporary radial design: Easter Bells in France
Qing Ming (Ching Ming/ Clear Bright Festival) in China with the twig garland that looked like Chinese calligraphy draped over and down the hand held scroll
Chinese Scroll design for the Easter Parade Demonstration
Detail of the South African "hut" cross bun with long flowing strands of ripped fax hanging down the design
Detail of the design: Easter Parade Workshop "How Easter is celebrated in South Africa"
I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon
This is the basic technique used in traditional Easter crafts to plait a crown of thorns.
Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.
When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!
A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...