The following text has been excerpted from Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature by Peter Cole and Leslie Jonath, (BlueStreak, 2018). Art, meditation, and nature meet in this adult focused activity book, with projects that take inspiration from the natural environment, using blooms, pods, branches, stones, and other natural elements
Traditionally, Flower Garlands are used to festoon places and people, lending their bright colors to welcomes and celebrations. In Hawaii, men and women both wear leis of orchid and plumeria blooms. In India, strings of yellow and orange marigolds greet guests at weddings. In the United States, children have made “daisy chains” for generations, creating necklaces, bracelets, and tiaras from wildflowers.
You can create garlands from many kinds of flowers. Each kind will move differently when chained together, but all will twist and turn, making your creations flexible enough to wrap, hang, and flow from wherever they’re displayed. Use garlands to decorate spaces, indoors and out, or wear them to celebrate the seasons. You can also bring a bit of the unexpected to the landscape by laying garlands on the tops of fences, wrapping them around tree trunks, or embedding them in sidewalk cracks.
Wear your garland to brighten your day, or find an unexpected place to display it, such as a tree branch, sidewalk, or pile of leaves.
This text has been excerpted from Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature by Peter Cole and Leslie Jonath, (BlueStreak, 2018).
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