I came across a novice flower arranger when judging the competition within a floral art club recently. Her work was very pretty and perfectly symmetrical which in itself was an amazing achievement as natural plant material is usually not able to be so disciplined.
But there was something missing, a design aspect she had not yet mastered and was completely unaware of. It was that all important concept of ‘line’. ‘Line’ in flower arranging means the plant material is arranged so it leads your eye in a certain direction or directions. Without it you have a bunch of flowers sitting, looking pretty. With it you are able to introduce movement and rhythm. The arrangement becomes more dynamic and far more interesting.
Your wonderful floral design
magazine team have been to some of the major flower shows to search out the best examples for you of successful designs with dominating lines. Now that should keep your design juices running for another month!
While communicating with some of the students currently enrolled in the floral design magazine’s floristry school, it dawned on me that it was time we went back and had a much closer look at the design elements and principles that are the foundation of not only flower arranging but every creative endeavour in the world. Many of our subscribers are also floristry colleges and floral art clubs in many different parts of the globe with hugely varying design styles that they consider ‘normal’ and ‘best’ and yet we all share these cornerstones in common. So in this special edition of floral design we investigate texture, a design element beloved by
architects, interior designers and the fashion industry as well as all of us. Accomplished American florists Lisa and Jaclyn (That’s Jaclyn’s design on the cover) and editor of floral design magazine Tricia Legg bring their own cultural and personal styles to your attention as lessons but you will also notice the basic premise they all share, that important design foundation – texture! Using a contrast in texture in a floral arrangement is guaranteed to make your arrangements beautiful, interesting and successful and so here is your chance to find out more!