Dried and Fresh Materials.

This theme can be very useful especially when fresh material is not in great abundance and dried plant material can be used as additional material.

When applying dried material to an arrangement several factors must be considered. Firstly the dried material must not get wet otherwise it deteriorates spoiling both the material and water supply. To avoid this an extension of sticks or wire is added to the dried material. The advantage of using wire as the extension the dried material can be angled to the desired position.

The second consideration is the dried and fresh material must be harmonious and not look as if it an afterthought.

In my work I chose to emphasis both the shape/forms as well as colour. A white Tsubo container mirrors the shape of the Agapanthus and Papyrus, while the dried forms of the Allium and bleach palm leaves follow the shape and colour thus making the work harmonious