Training & Demonstrations - More Inspirations, 13 March 2012

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Following my recent visit to the Hockney exhibition at The Royal Academy, I find myself looking at the elements and principles of design in more depth, paying more and more attention to their meaning and their practical application, for example, I find that I am paying more attention to the use of colour and how their use and juxtaposition forms and represents an emotion. This amongst other thoughts has encouraged me to read more and revisit the works of many inspirational designers. 

Some articles stir thoughts and raise questions whilst others are motivational and enthuse creativity. Many processes are engaged in producing floral designs whether they are for display or commercial purposes, views and theory relating to these often differ although they also have some similarities; this may seem contradictory however, artists invariably have their own way of presenting ideas, thoughts and designs. Take for example, the subject of inspirational sources, in higher level floristry courses we are taught that there are six, Lersch (2004) identifies five sources of creativity and the order of their use varies between designs, Bailey (2012) states that botany always inspires all flower arrangers designs. I like Lersch, believe that inspiration for a design can be driven by any of the sources of creativity in no set order, each driver will feature in all designs in no set pattern or given order. I was given the challenge of constructing a design using polypropylene ribbon, I focussed on which craft technique I could employ to manipulate the ribbon and make it a feature within my design, by pleating, wiring, winding and taping the ribbon I created a rose-like form which was incorporated in my floral display. 

I have written this article to introduce the complexity and depth of theory that florists, flower arrangers, floral designers and artists think about, have to consider and study when designing and creating their work. Fundamental aspects can be delivered and taught at many levels, it is the grasping and further exploration of these that allows and shows development and progression. 

Bailey, S. (2012). Techniques. The Flower Arranger. 52 (Spring), 32-33. 

Lersch, G., (2004). Sources of Creativity. Munster, Germany: FloralDesign Edition. 

Pryke P. (2006). Flower School. London WC1: Jacqui Small LLP.