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Funeral arrangements

As you already might know I am also a teacher in floristy. Sometimes people ask me if I can make funeral pieces too. Ofcourse I can. Last week a very special lady died, she was the mother of my husbands best freind. He and his family were  sort of surrogate/ foster parents for him after his mother died. She wanted me to make her funeral piece so I did. Feeling very gratefull and hounoured to be asked to do so.

Her special request was to use some branches of the monkey tree she has in her front garden... She loved Dainthus as they were in her bridal bouqeut, Asparagus too and Roses, They had many Zanthedechia's in the garden so they also had to be included. I used  much greens from their own garden, making it even more personal. 

On Tuesdayafternoon, one day before the funeral I started making the 4 pieces the family of them had ordered. Many pictures ahead here 

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

The base of the piece was an Oasis@ bar, which I left in thewater for one day, making sure it was completely filled with water. 

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,monkeytree, apenboom

I added a green edge first so that was done. I thought of ways to secure the branches a tought job as every leave has a pointy end, like a needle. I secured it with wooden sticks and with very thick floristy wire 1,5 mm

The next step was to add the flowers in between and oh boy was I looking forward to that part (not!! hihihi) Anyway I said A so now B.  It was softly raining and it fell to me nature was weeping about her death too. my hands were cold and itchy but I got more and more "excited" about the result the longer I worked at it.

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,monkeytree, Roses, Dianthus

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

And then as final touch 3 Zantehedeschia's. More would have taken away the effect of the lines from the monkey tree, 

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,Calla, Zanthedeschia

And checking how the result wil be while laying flat on the ground. 

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viltalakim, grafwerl, bloemwerk, flowers. BIedermeier

This piece was from the grandchildren, they were with 7 and 4 grand grand children. As symbolism for that they asked for 7 Red Roses in there. 

Another piece was made with the monkey tree branches and Peonies, which I added in the car with bananas to get them open on time . As it was warmer there as in my house. 

A very colorful one too as the lady was never a wallflower. 


And a small biedermeier from ourselves as our last offer. 

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Delivered everything in the church on time. Looked perfect on the coffin.

 Rest in Peace Dear Mrs W. . 

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I didn’t only give felting workshops in India, I also gave a flowerarrangement demonstration and a short workshop for all those whom were coming.  So I went shopping on Wednesday August 3rd and Friday 5th  to buy and see what flowerswere available there..  Pots, floral mass,  special things, and still thinking what to make and show? 

viltalakim, Flowershop, Calicut, India

buying flowers

But I had a great idea , talked about it with Vasudevan and it was possible……So on Saturday August 6th it was time:  woke up early and at 10 the particpants; arrived and everything was ready for the demonstration.  I Introduced myself and  started talking about how to treat flowers and what do’s and don’ts.

flowerdemonstration, India, viltalakim

starting with my first arrangement


viltalakim, flowerdemonstration, India

a modern parallel style


viltalakim, bamboe

bamboe reprepared for the particpants


 These bamboes were going to be the basis of the vase arrangement I was going to  make with the participants. Such an amazing range of exotic materials to work with  for a Dutch person… of course the Indian participants liked the imported bought flowers more, like Roses, Carnations, Gerbera, Gladiolus, Solidago, Cyperus evergreen.  Solidago is in my own garden growing like weed….. so I didn’t really felt like using it, but it was fun to do. 

viltalakim, tasara weaving centre, flowerworkshop

the hall of the Tasara gallery and guesthouse was perfect for this photo shoot.


viltalakim, flowerworkshop

all makers together


After giving this workshop I learned a few things… 

  • try working with materials which are special for the local people
  • make your own style
  • calculate a few days to find special things; on Monday afterwards we came across an coconut oil company and they had loads of coconut shells…. think of how many ideas came to my mind …. oef.
  • don’t worry to improvise, That’s part of a demonstration.
  • I gave the participants an option for what I should show/ demonstrate for one floral piece.
  • I ended the demo part with making a hand bounded bouquet with all the flowers which the participants were going to use… just to show and I think it was the best thing to finish with :)

Next time I’ll be trying to find and work more with local natural materials. I think there are so many possibilities…..

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