The bluebells are flowering in our garden, and I find them quite irresitable. The long slender stalk with dainty periwinkle bell shaped flowers hanging perfectly from it. They smell divine too. I handled them a little and after a few days of thinking it came to me how I could work with them.
Part of my floral fixation, is to work with whatever is in bloom in my garden. By doing this it creates a floral supposition – my flower art speaks of a season and of a place. The flowers I use can not be bought at the corner store, they are not grown in hot houses and flown across the globe. I can not order them. I have to wait patiently for each blooming cycle, as nature presents it. I work with what is at hand, what is relating to my surroundings and what is happening in my immediate environment…wherever it may be. I work with whatever pops up, whatever grows near me. What ever catches my attention, and these lovely flowers, have my attention!
I had an idea for a bluebell crown, made with a wire base. I would not normally work with wire, but the bluebell stalks snap so easily, they needed support. I would not say I did a great job, of making this crown, it was a bit funny! Maya graciously tried it on for me. I needed to modify the design as it was not sitting well, and so Maya suggested putting it on up-side-down. This idea I loved, it turned it from a showy crown into romantic veil. Maya looked so lovely. The bluebells were gorgeous with her hair.
I then doubled it over itself and made a smaller tighter version that I tried on Elle over a bun. I only have a instagram photo of Elle modeling that version. Working with the bluebells was more challenging than other flowers, but a wonderful experience. I was giddy from the scent, totally intoxicated by the perfume, it was amazing. There are a few things I would do differently next time. I am excited to do this again, with more finesse, and whole lot more grandeur.