July 1 affects me like January 1, it can mean a new start, along with some housekeeping and the chance to move things in and out. Sometimes one rediscovers forgotten delights like the container below.
This imaginative stand/container came from the inaugural Bouquets In Motion, the Philadelphia workshop of Jane Godshalk and Cres Motzi. The base is a piece of metal 6” square. Into one corner is a group of five 27” metal rods that splay out slightly. In the banner above, you can see the ends just protruding through the plant material.
First make your chicken wire! We did this with 16 grade dark annealed wire from the Paramount Wire Company. It takes a certain amount of strength and a great amount of patience. When these are in short supply, I use other poultry wires to create support structures.
For the designs at BIM, we inserted birch and other branches making a kind of nest. These can be dense or not and crafted in the shape one chooses. The goal is enough ‘woven’ material to form a base to hold other plant materials. This ‘nest’ then inserted between and through the splayed vertical rods of the container and wired in place.
What a sunny combination of roses, hypericum berries, onciddium orchids, fatsia leaves, bear grass, and (out of the shot) black calla lilies! The fresh plant material can be inserted in tubes or put in a little cushion of oasis wired in place.
An almost monochromatic scheme uses the birch diagonally with wired strands of horsetail (Equisetum hymnale) creating a counterpoint of angular shapes. The tracery of orange midolino sticks moves the eye through the design and contributes to the depth.
Showing great skill, this design also uses the copper chicken wire. This time it is in a cylinder traveling west-east across the space. Great balance is achieved here with the cluster of yellow roses and the strong, graphic sweep of the NZ flax leaves. BIM designed these stands and had them made, another instance of their imaginative creativity. But sadly, that means I can’t tell you where to buy one. Why not put a cluster of dowels in oasis or plaster of Paris, and then perch your nest?