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
The bold, colorful, strappy leaves of a New Zealand flax plant come in bright shades of yellow, pink, red, and bronze. Excellent as container plants, flax plants can also be spectacular planted in the ground — in a garden or along a walkway. Here, the neutral grey of the concrete makes an ideal background on which to affix vertical stripes of color. Re-contextualizing the radiating leaves as flat surfaces also highlights the smooth texture of the leaves and the striations in color. Rather than bringing the outdoors in, this treatment brings the indoors out: When lined up in strips, the broad, sword-shaped leaves begin to look like wallpaper. After attaching the blades to the step, they’re trimmed to size, making each embellished rise a work of art.
Note that you may need to break the spine of the leaf to make it lay flat, especially toward the base of the leaf.
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).
Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!LEARN MORE