This design was staged as a display for the Australian Floral Art Association at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March 2018.
As this was a non-competitive design, I will show you exactly how it was constructed with a link to the Pim van den Akker “stocking” technique used to such effect.
The colour scheme uses the triad blue, red, yellow.
Step 1. Plastic coated steel garden stakes are fitted into pre-drilled holes in painted solid timber bases.
Step 2. Irrigation pipe connectors are pushed halfway onto the first rod, then a second rod inserted into the connector. This gives a total heght for the structure of 1.8m. Horizontal wire supports are placed at 3 intervals along the rods.
The structure should be stable at this point of construction.
Step 6. Prepare the painted structure for the stockings. In this instance I have used 2 sizes of dowel. Previously I have used perspex as well as branches of trees. You can see the actual technique by clicking here. (Members access only)
You should be able to physically lift up the complete (joined) structure
Ensure the placements are balanced throughout the design.
I would have liked much larger sunflowers to really make the yellow pop, however they were not available at the time of this show.
In addition to the sunflowers, there are pink gerberas in the vials. At various horizontal and vertical placements are craspedias glued into blue painted bamboo skewers.
At the top of the design, so your eye doesn’t travel out of it, I have looped single lengths of the pink cane.
The finished design – ShowStopper.