Today there are more than 30,000 species of roses on planet Earth. And every year new species are created. Humans are constantly modifying them through infinite combinations and hybridisations. Especially during the last two centuries.
In order to help you find your way through such a labyrinth, it is useful to know that these flowers are usually classified as “wild roses”, “old roses” and “modern roses”.
In fact, 95% of the 30,000 species are these “modern roses”. In 1867, the first modern rose was created, called “La France“. Roses before 1867 are considered “old roses“. And the “wild roses” form that small group of roses which originally lived in the wild and from which all the others have been derived (“the small and irreducible Gallic village“).
The rose has been one of the most cultivated flowers in history.
I wanted to design in a similar way with two different kinds of roses and at two different moments of their lives: when they are fresh, still full of sap, tender and juicy, and when they are dry, hard and compressed.
The dried wreath contains dozens of mini roses, the size of marbles. The fresh wreath is made up of just 6 large, leafy Avalanche roses, the size of peaches from www.skroses.nl.
In both designs the flowers are placed in a similar way: very close together. With the pressure that each one exerts on the others, we achieve a very firm structure. But the optical effect is very different for each wreath depending on the physical condition of the roses.
With the dried roses the headband has a very compact and hard structure. And in this one, specifically, I gave it a shape similar to the wings of a dragonfly. When working with dried flowers, and especially when designing small-medium sized pieces, it is important that most of the flowers’ stems are well wired. I recommend using a certain thickness of wire that allows the flower to be securely attached but still have enough mobility.
The fresh rose wreath looks like a big pink doughnut, that fluffy and juicy that you’d feel like biting into it. This design has fewer wires and rests on a wire mesh base.
I have not used any glue in either design, except for the glue needed to close the stems of the fresh roses. In this way we help to slow down the dehydration of the flowers. And so we can enjoy their beauty longer.
The fact that I barely gave space between the flowers led me to reflect on the consequences of contact on human nature: The meaning of words like “intimacy“, “love“, “sexuality“. Often even used as synonyms.
Some will say that “Intimacy” is the greatest treasure of a human. Others will say that respect for intimacy is overrated. Can you be intimate with someone who is far away? Can you be intimate with someone you have not yet met physically? Do you need physical contact to feel truly “intimate”? It depends. What do you feel when you are touched? Do you feel like you are getting smaller? Do you feel like you are melting into something bigger?
We generally reserve our intimate world for a limited group of people. Its boundaries are not precise and depend (consciously and unconsciously) on thousands of circumstances and cultural influences. We may associate the content of our intimacy with certain information that we do not want to be disclosed, forgetting that deep down we are all quite similar human beings. And that there is no need to cover up to such an extent.
When you are with someone, do you need to have a sexual relationship to feel intimate? If there is no sexual penetration in a relationship, is there not 100% intimacy? We can also achieve a sometimes much greater intimacy by enjoying silence together. Or by looking at each other without mental barriers.
Every relationship, no matter how intimate, has its limits. Psychologists say that if we want to have satisfying relationships with others, these limits must be clear enough to allow us personal autonomy. But at the same time, these limits must also be flexible enough to allow us to enjoy close and enriching relationships.
In a person’s daily life, privacy is protected by common sense, even if sometimes it is not the most common of senses. In Spain, the right to information is normally above the right to privacy. Jurisprudence and doctrine consider it a guarantee to maintain a free and plural public opinion, without which a democratic society cannot exist.
According to the Argentine jurist Ernesto Halabi, “Until the French Revolution, privacy was irrelevant. It was only a privilege of nobles and high dignitaries of the church, but it constituted a bourgeois aspiration because of the desire to imitate the monarchy and its court. It was only after the French Revolution, with the development of liberalism, that Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and John Stuart Mill would point out, with nuances, the need to reconcile the actions of the state with the interests of the individual, who should have a margin of private life exempt from state intervention“.
About “Love“, looking at the current situation of the Planet I don’t think we have even the remotest idea of how big and valuable it really is. We are lost like octopuses in a garage. But we are lucky and we are also learning. I predict that humanity is “evolving favourably”. If we already knew what love is, we would all jump into the void. If we really understood what love is, we would celebrate life by rolling naked down the dunes and dancing in the clouds with saints of joyful life. Drunk with love, as it should be.
According to the sages, to love is to understand that “you and the other are not only the same, but you are the same Reality and Energy, expressing yourselves through different personalities” (“Experiencing divinity in everyday life”, Boira Publishing House, by Daniel Gabarró, Mireya Ávila and Jòrdan Faugier).
What about “Sex“? We long for love free from the shackles of shame, far from narrow-mindedness. There are also those who flee forward in order to avoid loneliness: they link a multitudinous chain of sexual relations with souls with an ethereal smile as wide as it is artificial. It is certainly a pleasant situation, but it does not allow you to exercise empathy with others, nor do I think it allows you to conjugate the verb “to love“.
I admit that it is all a matter of point of view. To sing loudly and clearly that “sex is a great expression of love” (Ratzinger), just as “love expresses itself very well through sex” (Marquis de Sade). So it is fortunate that there are as many definitions of sexuality as there are human beings. We all seek to feel like gods when an orgasm catapults us to the heights. And we are also fortunate that, although an orgasm may only last a short time… it is undeniably heavenly and repeatable. It is a gateway to infinity.
Love, intimacy, sexuality. It is, in short, part of the agenda of what we have to learn while we are passing through this Planet. Meanwhile if you want to discover the benefits of floral design and put them into practice with a personalised workshop, you can find out more here.
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