Rittners School Of Floral Design
In Boston Presents....
Geometric Spherical Arrangement-2
We couldn't resist adding this one. This is a variation on a theme presented in Geometrical Spherical
Arrangement-1 It is almost identical with the exception of a slightly different ending point. We think that it is interesting
and although most of the comments are the same, it is worth checking out.
Floral designers have always enjoyed playing with shapes.
Consider if you will, how much we as designers, are influenced by shape and form.
The flowers, and foliages that we use, have very specific shapes to them.
We even sometimes differentiate between face flowers, linear flowers and filler materials.
The overall form or pattern of our arrangements are based in most cases on geometry.
We stylize designs that are hemispherical in shape, or perhaps shaped like a waterfall a
letter of the alphabet ( such as an L or upside down T ), a geometrical shape like a scalene triangle or
even parallel lines......
In recent times contemporary floral artists have rediscovered pure shape or form as a factor to consider in
a floral composition.
Our wholesalers and suppliers have admirably risen to the occasion. We are fortunate in that we can find
styrofoam, foam and even other kinds of materials at our wholesale suppliers that convey the feeling of pure form and
This design and variations to follow illustrate this well. In this piece we are celebrating
pure form, pure geometrics, specifically through the sphere.
What You Will Need
Tall plastic or ceramic container
Three stems of larkspur
One open lily
River cane (bamboo)
Woven branch sphere
Some sheet moss
This design requires very little content, is quite easy to make, and is a very large piece
when completed. For someone who really enjoys contemporary styling, this arrangement works very well!
Start off by filling your container with foam.
Add sheet moss around the bottom of the foam for decorative effect and to cover the mechanics.
Place a geometric sphere on top of the container and foam. This geometric sphere is actually woven branch material.
They are available from wholesale sources in varying sizes.
To assure that the sphere will not simulate a bowling ball and roll off, it's necessary to anchor it in place!!
Take river cane and cut it into a variety of lengths. Insert them through the sphere deep into the foam in the container.
The vertical cane anchors the sphere in place. Take smaller sections of cane and tie into a matrix using raffia. This provides
counterpoint and visual interest. (Additional picks of wood can be used if desired, to anchor the sphere with even more stability.)
A floral design needs some flowers! Place several stems of larkspur through the sphere into the foam base.
Add a single lily as a counterpoint. The lily stem is in foam and the face of the flower is on the outside of the sphere.
Alternatively the lily flower could be placed into a water tube and wedged into the top of the sphere.
To complete the design, add a horizontal section of river cane through the sphere. This can be glued into place or simply tied
with some binding wire.
You can see the structural difference between the first Geometrical Spherical Arrangement and this second variation.
It may not seem like much, but the simple addition of a single piece of bamboo does make a strong visual statement.
One single section of bamboo turns
the arrangement from one that is vertical in feeling to one that is a new convention arrangement (meaning it has vertical as well
as horizontal components).
In the second arrangement shown here, there is also a nice interplay between the strong horizontal component
placed towards the bottom of the design, and the smaller sections of bamboo
that are placed diagonally higher in the bamboo matrix.
Regardless of whether you stylize this design as originally show at the left or with the horizontal component shown at the right,
either design can be adapted to just about any holiday or occasion.
Because of its sculptural quality, these designs may work best in a more contemporary setting.
They would work well in an entry area, or in a large narrow window.
They could be placed on a pedestal or sideboard in a special corner or nook or cranny in a home.
They may be adapted to a contemporary church, chapel or synagogue.
Using the same sphere, and river cane, and perhaps varying the color of the container:
For Christmas, use white or sparkled birch branches, and perhaps a poinsettia.
For Halloween, use novelty poms and perhaps a red rover mum or two.
For Valentine's Day consider a vertical streamer of roses, and another color rose for the sphere.
For St. Patrick's Day use bells of ireland in place of the larkspur and green carnations through the sphere.
For Easter consider some flowering branches for the vertical section, and bulb flowers through the sphere.
We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At
Rittners Floral School in Boston we provide floral design instruction
that includes a wide range of different styles and techniques. Please come and take one of our hands-on workshop programs!!
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