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Exploring the Aesthetics of Floral Art: From Basic Techniques to Creative Insights

Recently, more and more flower shops have opened in Hong Kong, no longer limited to flower markets. As the price of floral materials has come down, more and more people are willing to buy fresh flowers to take home. However, to successfully create an attractive floral arrangement, one must not only master the basic techniques, but also gain experience in growing and caring for flowers.

The origin, variety and choice of colour of the floral materials, as well as their freshness, water retention, water quality, temperature and air circulation will all affect the degree of bloom and life of the flowers.

Roses, chrysanthemums, lilies, carnations and hydrangeas are flowers that are available all year round, but the varieties and colour choices on the market vary with the seasons. As the saying goes, “eat what’s in season”, and the same principle applies to creating floral art.

Simple vase arrangements are an essential skill for any flower lover. As well as colour coordination, you also need to consider the texture, size and density of the floral materials. Advanced floral artistry requires even more attention to the balance point of the arrangement and the attitude of the flowers, which we call the “look of the flower”. Just as people have a distinctive facial expression, flowers have their own unique pose, as each flower has its own sun-facing characteristics.

If you can take the time to attend a floral arranging class and be guided by an experienced instructor, it will benefit you for life. Learning floral art is one of the shortcuts to improving your aesthetic perception, and the final works often reflect the attitude of the creator. As long as everyone is willing to “put in the time”, anyone can become a master florist in their own home.

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Chinese flower arrangement workshop at HK palace museum

The largest floral workshop recently held by WaaFaaCii was held at the Hong Kong Palace Museum and the results were beyond expectations. I would like to express my gratitude to the two assistants and all the staff whose help made this event a success. I would also like to extend my special thanks to the Hong Kong Palace Museum for inviting us once again to organise a workshop on Chinese floral art, which is a great opportunity to promote Chinese culture and art. Through the enchanting beauty of flowers, we aim to give more people the opportunity to experience and understand the traditional Chinese art of floral arrangement and its history.

In this workshop we focused on the most commonly used flower container in Chinese floral arrangements – vase flowers. Vase flowers are known for their unique shapes and exquisite craftsmanship. In addition, the vase itself symbolises peace and is very suitable for arranging Lunar New Year flowers. From the selection of floral materials to the composition of the arrangement, each step involves the pursuit of aesthetics and the expression of creativity. This creative process brings a sense of fulfilment as one pays attention to the details and combinations of each flower. It is considered one of the fundamental elements in the art of Chinese flower arranging.

We look forward to organising more events like this in the future, giving more people the opportunity to experience the charm of Chinese floral art.