Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Chain-link string and twig armature
I used the same technique as shown in the Tutorial below on how to weave a willow twig blind, only I used string instead of wire (and knotting it instead of twisting the wire). For another example see the Tutorial below for how I used pliable willow stems to secure the twigs. If you want to use willow, allow the stems to dry in place before removing sticks for the gaps.
Wiggle the twig to loosen the string and slip it out of the knot
This creates a chain link effect with larger gaps between the twigs
Glue the test tube in at a slight angle
Keep adding tubes to where you want to add flowers
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make your own tubes from pipe or drinking straws
Fill the tubes with water.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make a syringe with tube to make it easier to fill the tubes with water
Place the flowers
Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
To create a layered look for a corsage tie a foundation of twigs with fresh willow stems
Lash the orchid stems together to create a ladder for the flower to rest on.
Loop and tie a few stacked twigs to create an enclosed floral armature
A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques
Design Inspiration Video: Take a few twigs, snippets of air plants and succulents and combine both traditional wire and tape techniques with more contemporary methods to embed a...
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...
Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary corsages
My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.
I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.
Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.