How GIYOU flowers are made (part I)
In this series of articles, we’ll reveal to you how GIYOU flowers are made. This introduction details the process of selecting a flower species and studying it. It’s part of our work, one that kicks-off the whole process and precedes the creation of wax models.
Choosing a species
You often ask us how we decide which species we’ll end up using as a template for our GIYOU flowers. Although the selection process includes an element of spontaneity, our primary interest is to make sure that the flower:
- has an interesting shape and structure;
- if it isn’t a solitary plant, can be included in bouquets with other plants;
- can be turned into a jewel. Though we certainly appreciate any technological and manufactural challenges a new flower can bring, we wish to create things which fit into people’s lives and whose manufacture doesn’t predispose them solely for artistic exhibitions or special occasions;
- can be included in special editions (the first limited edition will likely be launched as early as in 2023);
- is in line with a general theme;
- is popular. We like to hear from people about new flower species they’re interested in.
Studying and drawing
People find flowers attractive. They appeal to our senses with their shape, details, colour, scent, delicacy, and softness. Perhaps that’s why they evolved - to attract.
When creating GIYOU flowers, we pay particular attention to shapes , especially to the blossom - floral envelope, stamens, the pistil, receptacle, and footstalk - and how they’re arranged.
We study the real flower in different stages of development, filling the designer’s table with vases of flowers. Biological descriptions and sketching are a big part of this procedure. The flower is sketched out, taking into account its different stages of development.
The preparation gives us an idea of the eventual model and gets the designer ready for the work, allowing them to make a model from jeweller’s wax. This will be detailed in a following article.