After I returned from Vancouver and the wonderful FASG workshop with Hitomi Gilliam, I was in the mood to experiment. In our workshop, Hitomi made it a point that we were to make structures without necessarily knowing what we might use for flowers. Coming home, I determined to try out some more structures.
Being slightly snowbound and more than ready to clear things out, I used some red sticks (dyed), perhaps some kind of grass or reed, you can see the darker kind of calyx every few inches on the stem. They are slightly flexible, maybe more when freshly purchased but I’ve had these awhile. I am also using 4” zip ties in tan and black, since I didn’t have enough of either one singly.
Using a slate base and a large kenzan holding water, yellow and two-tone yellow/orange tulips follow the lines of the structure. It will be fun to see how much they grow into it. Grocery store tulips aren’t quite long enough to cross the whole structure.
The grocery store had these brilliant red anthurium plants. They are called “Just Add Ice Anthuriums”!!! I’m sure there is an oxymoron in there somewhere. The watering instructions call for 6 cubes of ice, once a week.
Next I moved the sculpture to a table and placed it down on its ‘back’ and added bear grass through the levels. Finally, the striking anthurium were placed to follow the arc of the form and the grass.
Another angle, another view. In doing this project, I had the chance to just play with sticks. Use any kind, red dogwood, pussy willow, these no-name (anybody?), or the more curvaceous curly willow and kiwi vine, all of them will give you a great structure!! Just have fun!