My volunteer stint making bouquets made an interesting “turn” recently suggesting we follow a template for design. I’m all for templates to begin with. These help create and frame expectations and can give me (or anyone) the rudiments of good design. I’m past that now, having internalized these elements so was a bit taken aback that my creative “freedom” might be cramped. But we’ve been so swamped with flowers post-Mother’s Day that the emphasis has been on getting bouquets done for our hospice partners. It’s been a wild ride of flower fun.
I am often challenged in my color combinations and using enough different forms (circular, spiky, etc) and textures to keep things interesting with the goals of bringing joy into people’s lives.