Begin with an idea…

Woven grass and cane“I begin with an idea, then it becomes something else.”  Pablo Picasso.  Whether Picasso said this or not, it completely expresses the fascination and frustration of creating designs.  I began with someone else’s idea seen in a magazine.

Design ingredientsHere are the ‘ingredients’.  The plan was to use the red cane sticks arched and wired together to form a structure.  The very slender green wire on the card is ikebana wire used to hold the arched sticks in place.  Didn’t work…

 Oasis in the shapeSo following the idea to something else, I put two pieces of Oasis in the vase to hold the sticks.  Then arching the forms become easy to insert and arch over each other.  Because they are held in place, no linking wires are needed.  This changed the form and the materials I chose.

Midollino creates a frameGreen midollino was threaded between the sticks and allowed to loop over the sides of the container.

Galax and escutcheon pinsThen the light bulb went off and the problem of the oasis needed to be solved.  Galax leaves and escutcheon pins seemed the answer.

galax gleamsHowever it was rather tricky to add the galax between the sticks.

Susan DetjensA bunch of galax usually has a blend of bright green leaves as well as those shaded with burgundy.  Some were overlapped on the lip of the container to break up its rigid square form.

Susan DetjensWith that solved, lily turf grass (Lirope) was woven through the structure with the ends allowed to project over the edge.

Susan DetjensAs a final flourish, green Dendrobium orchids were added among the grasses.  The jury is still out on whether it is better with them or not.  What do you think?


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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