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“WITH EMPHASIS ON STAGING”

A workshop tutored by Auckland’s Colleen Fernie for Southland Area FASNZ.
Text and photos by Helen Spencer FASNZ Southland Area Councillor.

[Click the photos for a closeup view of the design]

 
 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Floral Design of a Christmas Angel.Bamboo or flax stalks – 6 x 150cm long and another 6-8 x 90cm long
  • (long flax stalks are required to be reasonably strong) – suitable cutters required
  • 2 fibre linings (those you would purchase to line hanging baskets)
  • Ball of ordinary string and sewing needle with eye large enough to thread string
  • Floral art U bends, 1 block of oasis, tinfoil, 5 Gerberas or similar, 12 flax leaves
  • Fibre bindings, coloured bulrushes and decorative wire added the finishing touches
 
 

CONSTRUCTION:

Working in pairs, participants created their structures by using string to tie flax stalks together to make strong free standing structures

  • Floral Design of a Christmas Angel.String was then used to sew fibre into varying shaped bags

  • Bags were attached to structures with tinfoil used to protect bags from moisture

  • Wet oasis, and flowers were placed within the bags, and blooms were turned to create visual balance

  • Flax leaves were placed to create rhythm and contrast

  • Fibre bindings, coloured bulrushes and decorative wire added the finishing touches

The Finishing Touches as demonstrated by Colleen - attaching flax to the kaladi stalk

 
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