Who can satisfactorily explain why we get certain urges to see or do stuff with a creative twist? This week I had a driving itch to make some floral projects that use only the most obviously artificial elements. I wanted to make no attempt at all to emulate actual live flowers.
The old Indian brass vase is the perfect base for an artificial peacock feather made of glitter-coated wire. The “roses” are stiffened red paper with the texture of wood shavings.
The papier mache and dyed fabric “sunflower” is fascinating to contemplate. The anonymous Chinese artisans did such an amazing job on the flower that it needs no garnishing elements. It is at home in the faux tiger striped plastic department store mini-vase.
The black, footed cube vase is home to a trio of wire and mylar accent stems. The bursts of blue, green, and red play together for an energetic result.
The Blue Jay of Happiness thinks artificial flowers are under-valued. We should get past our condescending attitudes towards them so we can appreciate the amount of ingenuity and skill that goes into their creation.