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Lersch Stories 2 "Latin Romance"

from Gregor Lersch PRO on September 4, 2020


This is a nice type of work. Designs inspired by an old, Mediterranean culture of containers, chandeliers, lamps, vases and more which often combined thin iron rods with handwoven, wrapped, shaped, and manipulated wire. The structures to hold these floral ornaments are used to support trailing vines, blossom, greens, and berries too.

In Latin cultures there existed vases+ made from welded holders sometimes made by blacksmiths where blown glass containers were inserted. It was not possible therefore to remove or replace the glass insertions.

This look was fairly romantic and antique shops around the world still have some of these items for sale. These days you can still see similar replica pieces in French craft emporiums and interior stores. There is also a culture of ironwork letters and numbers for house names and numbers too.

The old churches in Southern California, central America and Mexico often have old chandeliers where long, thin candles are placed with wax dripping down onto tiled floors … a very moody story. So much feeling is evoked when we see this kind of element from a big culture.

These items, with or without flowers, are compatible with modern furniture. I also saw these antique chandeliers and stands used by some wedding decorators in California …. often in combination with white, not very styled flowers, some wild herbs and vines and the city people almost fainted in admiration and happiness from what they saw.

Also, in this class of work, I see more room decorations of a very romantic kind. There are more divided, separated areas where the fresh materials are placed. The flowers in these containers whether in moss, bronze net, wet floral foam cushion or in smaller water tubes allows more transparency and visual lightness. (It is harder to create impact in here.) The iron bases are very simple, mostly self-made to avoid massed images. If the connections of the iron elements are not welded, then they can be wrapped with a thinner Wire to create enormous strength. This is especially true when the connection between iron rod and wire also includes a little cold glue. This combination can create a strength similar to welding.

How interesting was the process to see the first piece like this in an interior store in France. It was a chandelier. It was enormous, almost 1.40 metres high and a metre wide. To study how the flower elements were done, only by seeing it and not taking apart and then to try to create them. No, the movie will show all the details of the different forms, mostly fashioned by hands, fingers and sometimes using sharp pincers. It took a while. Stability, strength of the “extended structures” (so said Joseph Massie from England) is very Important. For some craftsmen this is their only item or kind of work. Therefore, we should do our best to come close to an acceptable quality by rounding the wires and not building too many angles. Or … really angled so that the forms become more square-related. It is possible to create many forms of plant-parts and flowers. For example, Cornus and Hedera leaves; ferns like Blechnum; tendrils of the pea and bean plants; Ranunculus; Carnations; Clematis-blossoms … variously shaped buds on a little branch or twig can all be created. Some flower forms are too complex. But why not? These extra and special forms with more details take more time.

The original Latin Romance ornaments are done in wax-sprayed black raw wire or they just oxidise when they come close to water (or some acid and water - quicker). You can also spray or paint the wires in white or grey, but this makes the appearance not so typical and original Latin. Maybe for classic interiors or even weddings gold, silver and copper wires are also an option.

Latin Romance structures are a good Base for longer and repetitive use in floristry. They can also be an interesting subject for a craft/hobby.

Useful for the following types of floristry: -

1. Handtied bouquet as a framing structure

2. Small wire flowers can also be used for bridal bouquets

3. Table decorations

4, Room decorations

5. Wall decorations

6. Chandeliers with candles and flowers

7. Candlesticks in combination with a few floral elements

8. Christmas work in various pieces and forms of work

9. Door decorations interior/exterior

The water resources can be all kinds of glass tubes, plastic tubes covered with wire-wrappings but also some can be included in containers with foam in water and also combined with tubes. They would even work in moss-balled plants (Ivy, Muehlenbeckia, Jasmin), some fern types, grasses, smaller blooming plants like some Orchids, potted Mini roses, etc. The fresh flowers should show movement or cut short in smaller tubes. Straight, naked stems (strong floral lines) are not suitable.

The videos show not only the school items but also some more works which are additional information to study various more forms and design pieces.






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