Avant Garde Antiques …Floral Friday

The glassware for today’s projects is quite old, but I didn’t want to recreate period-correct arrangements for them. So, why not be contrarian? Why not use the old glass as the foundation for contemporary floral design?

The first piece is a humble uranium glass cream pitcher. Uranium Glass, AKA Vaseline Glass, emits a haunting green glow when placed in direct sunshine or when in the presence of ultra-violet, black-light bulbs. Yes, the glass contains uranium.

Taking advantage of the green, spacey glass, is a totally avant garde gathering of elements made of various materials.

Fostoria glass is still relatively plentiful even though it hasn’t been manufactured for several years. The ruby glass bud vase is the perfect foil for a stylized treatment of a contemporary favorite of florists–the Gerbera daisy.

The old glass and silver fruit basket is categorized as a “Bride’s Basket”. This example dates from the Victorian Period, so it’s a bona fide antique.

The piece is a perfect foundation for over-sized garden blooms that are contemporary favorites. The finished project is a balance of the avant garde and the traditional.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes fashion industry icon Domenico Dolce (of Dolce & Gabbana). “It is not necessary to be too avant-garde, because you risk not being understood.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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