Everything You Need to Know about Floral Art

Floral ArtAre you looking for a unique way to decorate your home and garden or even your next social event?  If so, floral art might be just the thing you need.  Floral art is a growing industry that provides innovative ways to decorate your home, workplace or event.  The rapid expansion of floral art is showing just how starved the community is for a new way to display flowers.  When it comes to pushing the aesthetic boundaries of beauty to new heights using classic forms and medium, floral artists are really taking things to the next level.

What is Floral Art?

Floral art—also called floral design—is the process of using plants, flowers and other biological material to create artistic renditions that display both aesthetic beauty that is pleasing to the eye and a balanced, stable composition.  The practice has its roots deep in history, spanning all the way back to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the World and from what we know of how it looked, floral artistry was certainly involved.

Floral art is much more than just arranging a bouquet of flowers.  It focuses on fine artistic elements such as:

  • Line
  • Form
  • Space
  • Texture
  • Color
  • Balance
  • Proportion
  • Rhythm
  • Contrast
  • Harmony
  • Unity
  • Medium

What are the Major Styles of Floral Art?

Since floral artists have most likely had formal training, they carry over their development and style to their new focus.  This means that there are different types of floral design—styles that represent different parts of the world, philosophies and aesthetic views.

The commercial floral industry has already been heavily influenced by Western, European, Eastern and Zebra styles.  For floral design, Ikebana—a Japanese style that incorporates three line placements representing heaven, man and earth—is extremely popular.  This is directly in contrast to European style, which concentrates heavily on color and variety of flowers and plants.  Other styles might just limit the design to blooming flowers while Western style is typically noted for its symmetrical / asymmetrical design as well as its horizontal / vertical arrangements.

Other stylistic choices might include wreath-making, garlands, boutonnieres, corsages, bows and even nosegays.

What is Floral Art Used For?

Floral art is most typically used for landscaping around the home and garden.  In larger, public areas, it is very common to see floral design used to play up—or off—the space.  It can make a space look bigger, smaller, cozier, more inviting or just about anything that a competent artist can imagine.

There are permanent components that use dried materials such as bark, wood, branches, dried leaves and flowers as well as natural fauna.  These are typically more expensive, but last longer.  Temporary installations use more degradable materials and fresh foliage, some designs being purposefully meant to be “living and changing” art through the decay process.

These temporary designs are often cheaper and are more popular for events and festivities such as town fairs and parades.  Weddings also make good use of floral art, especially with outdoor ceremonies and outdoor receptions.

Is Floral Art Expensive?

While there is no true set price on floral design, you can make sure that you’re getting a competent artist by ensuring they are recognized or affiliated with the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) and/or the SAF (Society of American Florists). In Britain, the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies would be the authority.

Where Can I Get Custom Floral Art?

If you’re looking for floral art for your home or event, you have a few options at your disposal.  First, you should always ask around in local circles if anyone has used a floral artist before.  This type of personal recommendation will typically net you the best prices and most satisfactory results (not only with floral art, but with just about any service industry).

If you can’t find any personal recommendations, you can check with your local florists to find out if they either do—or work with anyone who does—floral design and arrangements.  If you can’t find anyone locally, you might want to try searching the Internet and visiting a few chat rooms mostly focused on art and landscaping. When all else fails, you can contact the AIFD or SAF and see if they can help point you in the right direction.

While floral art might not be as widespread as it will be in the next few years, the enormous expansion of online floral design schools indicates just how far the art has come over the past decade and where it is going in the future.

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