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Taming the Wild Things - Involving the techniques of Winding and Binding

Completed design in platter.

By Janthia Holt
(Education committee 2012)

Plant materials are 'tamed' by winding and binding techniques to appear in a transformed state in a design.

Winding - "Twisting plant materials or other components around an object or plant material"

Binding - One definition is "The controlled use of threadlike materials to bind stems or forms for decorative and textural effect"

      [Photographer: Janthia Holt]

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

 
  Required Materials.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A tall narrow necked vase or flat platter.
  • 1-3 impact flowers.
  • 1-3 fine vials with extensions (if using a tall vase) or 1-3 orchid vials or test tubes (for a platter).
  • A reel of galvanised binding wire, (22 gauge) or coloured decorative wire.
  • One branch of twiggy material e.g. Muehlenbeckia astonii or Corokia cotoneaster
  • 4 or 5 flax leaves for shredding
 
 

STEP 1:

Divide the branch into sections and tightly bind each section with the galvanised or decorative wire.

Binding with decorative wire.        

 
 

STEP 2:

Shred the flax leaves finely and use to bind the vials or orchid tubes. Extra shredded flax may be used to plait extensions which can also be added to the design or left free.

Shred the flax leaves finely and use to bind the vials or orchid tubes  Shred the flax leaves finely and use to bind the vials or orchid tubes  

 
 

STEP 3:

Place the branch into the vase or onto the platter and add the flax covered vials. Add flowers of your choice.

 Branch in vase with added flowers   Click for close-up view. 

 
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