Natalie Wolf Forum

At the Garden Club Federation of MA Annual Meeting, I was one of three designers asked to interpret a sculpture created by Rob Lorenson as part of the Natalie Wolf Forum. I choose to replicate some of the shapes and enhance them with an assortment of flowers in complementary colors. The shapes were then organized so the flowers within also created rhythms.  

Sculpture created by Rob Lorenson similar to one we interpreted.  He created a new piece for the program so we saw an unpainted 'work in progress' photo and thus I don't have an image of the final piece. 

Sculpture created by Rob Lorenson similar to one we interpreted.  He created a new piece for the program so we saw an unpainted 'work in progress' photo and thus I don't have an image of the final piece. 

Photo by Rob Lorenson - It was difficult to find a clean background so we used a moving pad - not ideal but it was better than hotel molding cutting the design in half. #roblorenson #floralnotesacton #maureenchristmas

Photo by Rob Lorenson - It was difficult to find a clean background so we used a moving pad - not ideal but it was better than hotel molding cutting the design in half. #roblorenson #floralnotesacton #maureenchristmas

To create my piece, I cut wreath forms made of MDF into pairs of arcs and painted them red.  I cut oasis wet foam into shapes to fit between the two pieces. The sides of the foam were covered with pan glue and attached to the MDF pieces. The glue waterproofed the oasis while adhering it to the MDF boards.  Once in place, the foam was saturated using a forceful stream from a water bottle.

Oasis pan-glued and placed between MDF pieces. Dowel rods provide extra stabilization 

Oasis pan-glued and placed between MDF pieces. Dowel rods provide extra stabilization 

Ribbon was wrapped around some of the pieces to add contrast. Euphorbia is placed to take advantage of transparency within it.

Ribbon was wrapped around some of the pieces to add contrast. Euphorbia is placed to take advantage of transparency within it.