As if the pleasures of the beautiful glass in the previous posts weren’t enough, my weekend in Tacoma also provided another chance to spend time with uber-creative floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, as part of a GCA Judging Workshop.
Participants were treated to 5 strong designs in what Hitomi characterized as “Interpretive Vegetative” style. The container for this horizontal design barely shows behind the central flowers. It is a bright bronze ceramic vase with the small opening; the design being mostly constructed across the top of it.
Green and white obake Anthurium, Dusty Miller, Scabiosa, plumose fern, wihite willow sticks and willow branches contribute to the sweep of the design. Sweet green and white hellebores are tucked into little areas.
Hitomi loves to source stands for designs from IKEA. This white stand is a lamp base. Its’ weighted bottom makes it a great base for a design and it comes in sections that screw together making it easy to get the height you want. IKEA NOT lamp – $9.99 – in white or black. How easy is that?
The lamp ‘socket’ is combined with a European bouquet holder from Oasis. This is a 7.5” diameter foam circle on a strong plate with a handle. From Marshall Products: http://www.marshallfloralproducts.com/SO-11-01760-P–OASIS-Round-European-Bouquet-Holder–by-the-piece_p_1449.html. I imagine once it was hydrated and filled with flowers, it would be the heaviest bouquet imaginable!
This striking Helaconia is called “Sexy Pink” – pretty gorgeous isn’t it? Added into the mix are more lichen branches, red and hot pink orchids, whaleback leaves, Crespedia, manipulated aspidistra and hala leaves.
Hitomi’s hand at left shows some mechanic magic. A cut stem of Equisetum is filled with water and used as the ‘water tube’ for a cut stem of Anthurium. The design uses the full drama of several Helaconia “Sexy Pink” with green and pale pink Anthurium and Equisetum.