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The 100 Day Project Wabi Sabi Wedding Flowers
I've been having creative fun participating in The 100 Day Project over on Instagram. I first heard of this via the digital magazine The Great Discontent. I mentioned back in February that I was photographing the fading wedding flowers from my son and daughter-in law's wedding. Well that project has been rumbling along in the background but The 100 Day Project seemed a perfect opportunity to attempt to get myself more organised and show what I'm creating. So I jumped in with both feet and I can honestly say it's been fascinating to see the wide range of projects. Oh my, there are some very talented and creative people out there and it's great to make new connections.
So, a quarter of the way through the project and I thought it timely to share a few of my favourites. The plan was to compile an interesting collage using Lightroom but I ran out of patience. I'll try and master it for the half-way point.
Aren't the flowers looking fabulous in decay? As they fade away my intention is to celebrate beauty in imperfection. My hashtag is 100daysofwabisabiweddingflowers My other tag is weddingbouquet - well mine certainly stand out in that gallery of stunning fresh blooms!
From the start I knew that the roses would be interesting to photograph - full of texture and beautiful tones.
A surprise beauty. I can't even remember the name or even what it looked like originally.
An abstract selfie of sorts. This reminds me of a bad hair day. And I have plenty of those!
I've been watching this curly stem wither away over the last weeks and wasn't sure how to capture it but finally it all came together perfectly.
Initially I intended using the project to explore processing on my iPad using apps such as Stackables and Mextures. But sometimes the processing becomes a little overwhelming - so many choices - and so I feel the need to show something straight out of the camera. Foliage is often overlooked but the curl of the leaf caught my attention.
The roses are almost three months old but still have vivid flashes of colour. Like the leaves above, I found the edges to be striking and so attempted to reflect these with the shabby frame too.
The hydrangeas are ever so crinkly. I dried them out using the Martha Stewart method which some of you kindly recommended to me. The stems had previously been dyed so the colour will last and last.
Back to close-ups. I piled up petals on a pebble from the beach. The plan was to create an impressive stack but they floated away as quickly as I layered them!
Minimalism. I spotted this tiny leaf on the stem of a rose. It took me three days to capture a sharp photo.
The tones of the vintage glass attracted me.
I gathered a heart-shaped pebble from the beach.
This is the bride's favourite so far...
You can find me on Instagram as happyhelsy - if I'm not already following your photostream please feel free to connect - I'm always interested to see what others are posting.
A selection of work from this project is available as prints and framed prints in my Botanical Squares Gallery on my website!
I've also been busy getting to grips with the art of podcasting with two fellow creative friends Viv Halliwell and Jessica Maleski. We've launched creative Podcast Pull Up A Chair and you can now subscribe to it over on iTunes. To say it's been a very steep learning curve would be an understatement! Nevertheless we've had a good chuckle. And I apologise in advance for my screeching laugh! This week we discuss organisation - or in my case lack of it - whether creativity and organisation are compatible - and share recent interesting and inspiring finds.
Isn't this project the greatest such a good stretch for our creative minds. Love you gals and the podcast. Keep up the good work in all areas.
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