Bouquets in Motion…

BIM CDsBouquets in Motion is the intriguing name of the two-day floral workshops held annually in Philadelphia by master floral designers Jane Godshalk, AIFD and Cres Motzi, AIFD.  Fans of these workshops fly in from as far away as Louisiana and California.  DVDs recap techniques and helpful information.

blog BIM Jane and CresCres, left, and Jane, right, have a wonderful partnership and have developed a special rhythm when presenting the designs, and the mechanics and the methods to achieve them.  This workshop is unique in that it isn’t just – “OK this is the design, now you do it”.  It is about developing skills and about options.  After a thorough presentation of the techniques being incorporated, it is up to each participant as to how they want to use them with the containers and flowers provided.

Students challengedThe first design is created from caning materials, usually used for baskets. Everyone has jump in with a coil of some caning secured with a discreet wire.   Then to think and look to see how they want to weave in more, over, under out, creating a shape they like.  A heavy glass container from Accent Décor was the foundation of the design and the water source.

bouquets in Motion design

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This photo shows one of Jane’s designs in which she has incorporated balls of jellybeans. These delicious spheres were from her delightful entry at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

woven mastery

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How about this for a stunning flower arrangement?  The tulip shape green anthurium arc over the lyrical caning with the graphic line of the pandanus achoring the design.

Bouquets in Motion in caning

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Another design using the calligraphic materials, plus wired grasses to repeat the shapes.

Multicolored flowersA footed, ruffled container suited a variety of hand-tied bouquets.

Monochromatic green flowersThis designer chose a monochromatic color scheme in verdant greens.  I find this vase delightful.

hydrangeas and anthurium

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Another monochromatic design plays up the wonderful textures of a huge variety of  floral shapes and forms.

dynamic sticks design

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Fiber sticks were new to me.  They come in a lot of colors from Accent Decor.  Ours were lime green.  Jane created this gorgeous design with its dynamic angles.  She used bright turquoise cable ties to link them to one another.  Once the structure was secure, the hydrangea, anthurium and calla lilies were inserted between the sticks into the water.

Lilies and lime

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Another designer went vertical – how handsome is this?  These stems go down into the water of the shallow container.  Hot pink cable ties have been left with their ‘tails’ to add punch to the vertical.

low structure for lilies

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However, most participants went horizontally,  the better, and maybe a little easier for beginners, to use the sticks, the gorgeous lilies and florist fern.

lunch break

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Where has everyone gone?  To the delicious lunch that the Acorn Club served each day!

elegant curls and roses

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For the last design of the two days, we had a rectangular piece of fine,  copper ‘chicken’ wire.  This is European product is more elegant than any hardware wire, being neat one inch squares.  We added stronger wire to the perimeter of the chix wire to make it sturdy.   It can be curved and curled as well.  In this design, the flat, horizontal shape and surface of wire is easily seen as well as the supporting vertical wires which are inserted in Styrofoam in the container.

Roses and GloriosaJane and Cres supply a huge variety of textural material to use in the grid of the structure.  This is stunning jute ribbon looks like curls of copper.  Uber-patient Cres has crocheted it between the squares of the wire grid.  Other options are goat’s wool in many colors, artist’s papers with wonderful textures,  wool covered wire, yarns, mosses and plant materials.

gloriosa and paper

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This designer uses the form vertically – the better to haul home in a rolling cart.  There are the most beautiful gloriosa lilies among other plant material.  The orange is goat’s wool which does not shrink or smell if it gets wet.  For those of you in Baltimore at the Walters Art Museum tomorrow, watch for the design for The Hemicycle for an expanded version of this.  And stop by and say hello!

vibrant symphony

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Hot pink and orange felted wool was cut into strips and crocheted to cover the shape.  Notice how beautifully and easily the surface can be shaped into rolling curves.

branch magic

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The beautiful photographs are by Tom Weishaar,  Tom came on the second day of the session.  He patiently photographed all the designs and made us all look like pros.

branches and gloriosa

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His photos on this page make me look like a pro, too!  Thanks Tom for letting me use the images and apologies for the necessary cropping.  Why don’t you come to Bouquets in Motion next year?






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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