Flower Power,that's Guangzhou
央视国际 2004年02月16日 18:02
"Roses are red, violets are blue..."Everyone knows this Valentine's poem and the connection between love and flowers but, as many local consumers are discovering, the use of flowers can be a lot more sophisticated.
Guangzhou is traditionally known as the City of Flowers, so it seems appropriate that flower artist Sandia Chen has chosen to exhibit here. Flowers are abundant in the streets and parks but she insists enjoyment need not end when you close your door.
"In Europe people have fresh flowers in the house every day, but in China, people only use them to mark special days. Many people don't realize the simple pleasures flowers can bring to their lives and homes," said Chen. "I wanted to show people this and give them a chance to change their views."
For over 25 years, Chen's work has combined floristry, interior design and art. Born in Taiwan, she later spent time in Europe where she learned to express herself through flowers. Today Chen teaches in her two floral academies in Taiwan and Shanghai, and hopes to open another in Guangzhou later this year.
The cost of flower art includes the price of the materials (fresh or artificial) plus a 50 per cent design fee. Line, form and colour are all equally important when considering a client's personality and lifestyle. "For many designs, one flower or simple foliage may be enough," says Chen.
She may use linear geometric style - more oriental - or a busier, more flower-centric design. Season is also influential; summer inspires stronger colours, while autumnal displays employ berries and mature tones. She offers the example of giving flowers for Chinese New Year to promote wealth and using red flowers, which traditionally bring good luck.
"Flowers are the most beautiful thing in the world," says Chen. "They make a day special. No matter what your mood, you can always enjoy a flower."
By Lydia Smith(China Daily)