So you see, with a little effort, a PLONKER can indeed become a happy ARRANGER, too . . . .
These two are quite different, but share the basic modern characteristics:
bold colors & forms
~HOWEVER - ALL MODERN DESIGN PRINCIPLES REMAIN OBSERVED~
These have two or more groupings of materials (using 1 or more containers as one unit. Jo prefers an odd number of groupings, usually 3 and find it easiest to use 1 low horizontal container rather than a combination of containers.
The groupings of materials may be placed in any direction (vertical, horizontal, diagonal,) but must be parallel in those same directions.
There must be a negative space between the groupings of roses a& other plant materials, but it must appear as one unified arrangement. (Tall iris or flax leaves can provide an upward thrust.)
All rose types may be used in any combination.
Repetition of colors & forms help the unity of this kind of arrangement, which often yields very lovely designs.
These designs contain materials that reflect or give back images of light, other components, or the viewer.
Use of a mirror is not the best idea here. Choosing components such as metal containers & man-made materials which provide a reflective characteristic work best. We are providing a space for the viewer to replace her lipstick!!
But we are suggesting a slight & subtle reflective quality in a creative design of roses and other components. (BTW: photos should be taken at an angle to avoid flashback.)
A TRANSPARENT design is a 3-dimensional design where some components are seen through other transparent components. Naturally transparent materials may be fibrous roots, coral seafans, or trimmed foliages. Imagination is required !!
Man-made transparent materials are endless - but remember to keep it simple.
- Remember BOLD
- Remember SPACE WITHIN
-Remember HAVE FUN !!
Using forms & shapes in unusual ways to express original concepts
At first, this all seems a bit ponderous. Just think of these types of arrangements as having fun - being creative. Forget about set rules of single focal points & geometric forms that are typical in traditional arrangements.
Find that cutting edge new material to pair with roses - to showcase the roses. In the beginning, it may seem to some arrangers that this is way too difficult. Where will I look for inspiration? Where will I look for new materials ?
We now see arrangers using plastic, metal, & even mesh from a storm drain! But in the right creative hands, used tactfully - it can be beautiful.