Dried flowers are a great way to make blooms last forever and turn them into permanent decorations for your home. There are different ways to dry your flowers (some even involve heating them up in a microwave) but for the purposes of our workshop with St.Luke’s Community Centre we simply hung the individual stems upside down and waited for the moisture to evaporate. This process lasted for three to five weeks, and by the time we ran the workshop we had a good range of flowers to choose from for our compositions.
St. Luke’s Community Centre in Islington runs an art club for the over 50s that needed a bit of extra help to encourage its members to get together. With a beautiful green terrace on the first floor, we decided to combine crafts with a welcoming drink and a visit to the garden to be inspired by the plants blooming there.
We had an hour of a relaxed crafting over a cup of tea, exchanged news, admired the spring blossoms and created mini-bouquets to hang up on the wall.
Whilst we all admire plants when in bloom, garden designers and architects also embrace the decay of flowers: stems, seed pods and stalks add structure to the overall garden composition, regardless of their stage of life.
In this Hands-On Workshop we focused on colour, texture, form and structure. We observed a dried out flower bouquet. We drew our attention to the parts of flowers that make them look beautiful, even when dried out.