CRAFTING DRIED FLOWERS

Here are some shots of the studio while constructing this week's Williamsburg Centerpiece.  Since I have been showcasing elegant ways to create with dried flowers, Colonial Williamsburg florals have become a source of inspiration and historic reference.  This centerpiece was inspired by English horticulturist Robert Furber's flower prints from Twelve Months of Flowers, published in 1730.  Cockscomb, tansy, yarrow, field grasses, forest leaves, hops, and pods were used to create this centerpiece. 

A vintage cheese box, filled with dry foam oasis, serves as the base of the centerpiece.  During the Colonial Era, containers were filled with sand instead of the floral foam we use today.  The rectangular form of the cheese box mimics the square delft brick commonly used as a container in many Williamsburg homes.  Delft bricks were decorated with hand-painted images of figures and flowers.

Above is the centerpiece in mid-progress....you can see the finished product here.  Today dried arrangements are a thing of the past, but their beauty is not forgotten.  Reviving this historic art form is a life-long quest that I hope to successfully share with you.

Sally