Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Floral Trends Design Group Opening Demonstration: 2010
Old and New
Pieter Coetzee opened the morning with a slide show discussing the Old of floral art over the past 50 years in South Africa- documenting his own work and looking at designers we all know from the Western Cape, South Africa.
It was amazing to be able to map out the proud floral art history in South Africa
After that I followed with a demonstration of what I expect will be New for 2010.
Focusing mainly on Environmental issues, Trends and Social influences.
For my demonstration I made four designs.
The first design was Phalaenopsis orchids in plastic pipes in the shape of a "2". It was all about what design trends can be expected and how Turquoise will become a prominent design colour for 2010.
My first "0" was made up of various types of roses in glass bottles on a grape vine wreath. The design represented the continuation of the colour Pink (in all its shades, tints and tones) as it now goes mainstream. I also explained easy ways a designer can follow and even predict what colours will be trendy.
My "1" was dedicated to all things green- from sustainable flower trends to environmental issues. It was made from closed bud lilies and woven lily grass.
My last "0" was all about the 2010 Soccer World Cup hosted in South Africa and how the excitement will influence our design year. The design was made from thousands of tiny reed sections that I glued in the shape of a soccer ball and detailed with miniature Anthuriums and Acorns (many people believe carrying an acorn in your pocket will bring you luck- so this was my "Good Luck" South Africa design)
This design was the first time I demonstrated my drinking straw test tubes.
The Floral Trends Design Group Old and New Demonstration
Floral Art Demonstration 2010
Floral Trends Design Group Opening Demonstration
"2010" Demonstration at The Floral Trends Design Group opening
Detail of the designs for the 2010 demonstration
To wish all the members a Wonderful 2010 I made cardboard mushrooms filled with relaxing lavender bath salt as favors.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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Cardboard mushrooms filled with Lavender Tub-Tea made for my "2010" demonstration
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