This design was part of a stage presentation given at AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) Southern Conference. The theme for the conference was Botanical Art -- this piece was for a program on "Spring."
In this composition, I wanted to explore spring from the perspective of the dormant branches -- imagining the discomfort that may be associated with all the young buds pushing through the thick bark.
This was a study in textures and contrasts --the tender young buds (actually composite buds) against the rough surface of the bark. The curly tylandsia (air plants) and spiky Australian ferns are used to represent the effects of the buds bursting through the tough exterior of the branch.