(Advanced Class on 22.9.09)
This contemporary all-foliage design has been made in a plain dark brown pottery container, with floral foam for the mechanics. I've used Astelia nervosa leaves for the main placements, using the silvery undersides, and splitting the larger leaves down the centre to make them narrower. The upright leaves have been curled over at the top and stapled into position. More Astelia leaves have been looped around the design and inserted into the floral foam both ends to fix them into position. Some pale green sisal has been added round the outside of the foam to help cover it and introduce another texture and colour. I've then filled in the gaps between the Astelia with dark green Hedera helix leaves, wiring them into small clusters of five or six leaves to make them easier to insert into the foam. Next, I've taken some of the smaller, narrower Astelia leaves and made some foliage "flowers", by winding the leaves backwards and turning the flower anti-clockwise at the same time. A wire has then been added to secure the flowers into the design. I've then taken two bundles of Bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax) and wired them together with green bullion wire to form linear shapes. I've left one upright, and looped the other one over to form enclosed space. Finally, I've fashioned some small spheres of pale green sisal and inserted them at intervals for visual balance.