Tuesday, March 01 2016
...You need it in silk floral arrangements as well. The kind of texture I'm referring to is natural texture like a piece of wood, burlap, or natural moss; it's something you can touch and feel and see that has a rough or raised texture. Like draperies or pillows with great texture, faux botanical arrangements need that great texture too. Why? I'll tell you why. Because otherwise it would be plain boring.
I've been working with silk flowers for over 30 years and I can tell you they look more real today than ever before. However, each silk stem of the same variety is eactly the same. As a designer, I have to bend it, cut it, or reshape some of the petals, otherwise all the flowers will look too perfect. That's where texture comes in. By varying the silks, the greenery and adding a branch, some reindeer moss and maybe some vines, the result can trick the eye into thinking the faux floral arrangement is real. The best part is unlike fresh flowers which only last about 10 days, a silk arrangement lasts a lifetime.
That said, the key to keeping your faux botanical arrangement looking real is to keep it clean. There is no bigger no-no than a dusty silk floral arrangement. I use a Swiffer duster with some lemon Pledge (or whatever is on sale) sprayed on the duster. Then gently go over the flowers and greenery in the arrangement. I've been told a hair dryer can work well too. If your arrangement is seasonal pack it away in a plastic bag and out of the sun. Silk flowers will fade. You can even toss in a pine sachet so it smells good when you're ready to take it out again.
If you ever go to the the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce you can see how texture is blended into a faux botanical arrangement. The design is right in the center of the atrium. In a large design like this, texture is important in tricking the eye into thinking the design is real. This is a seasonal arrangement that will be displayed for three months before it is changed out for the next season (lease service). This design also must have interesting texture all around the arrangement because it will be viewed at 360 degrees.
The next time you look at an arrangement see if you can seek out the teture and determine if its faux or fresh. It may not be as simple as you think.
One last word on texture, the container can be a source of texture too. A carved piece of wood with an indented center or a nubby ceramic vase will serve as great texture. Never skimp on containers because they can make a good design great or a great design look cheap. Containers are another area we can discuss in a future blog...
Please feel free to comment on this blog or contact me directly if you have any questions regarding faux florals and texture. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, sending you peace and love.