The laugurus spikes may have been known to you under the name of “Tears of the Virgin“. But its name actually comes from the Greek “lagos” (hare) and “oura” (tail), because of its shape. You find wild laugurus in many European and African countries, as well as in southern and eastern Australia.
Lugurus are considered weeds. Their stems can be 8 to 80 cm long and they grow easily in gardens. However, despite being traditionally undervalued as a “weed” (like dandelion or stipa gigantea… ) laugurus are often used in dried flower bouquets. And in my opinion they are a real treasure when used as the only material when designing a wreath.
This plant is quite wind resistant and has a nice texture. It is a bushy-headed grass with a soft, oval appearance. I wanted to give this wreath a compact design to achieve a rigid structure, as well as the appearance of a large hill of soft, silky hairs.
In the design of this wreath each stem touches the one next to it. But the stems rub against each other just enough so that the spikes do not lose their strands in the event of movement (e.g. in windy weather or when the wearer is dancing). This is important because it prevents the plant from losing material to such an extent that the headband could be damaged.
The simple fact that when laugurus sometimes get too close to each other they lose some of their material, made me reflect on its human parallel. That is, what are the consequences for a human of the loss of social contact. Not from the idea of physical intimacy, but from the idea of how much a human being needs to be socially connected in order to evolve: “In contact with opposites comes creation, movement and understanding“. We all need a personal space of freedom. But if we want to evolve, we need to be in contact with others. Living without getting close to others is like going sightseeing through life, but not enjoying it. When we encounter a challenging situation, if we feel that we do not have the tools to solve it, maybe the best thing to do is to distance ourselves. And while we are distant, we will look for information with which to solve that challenge. Because that challenge will come up again and again… until we learn something from it. No matter how much we go as tourists.
With human contact we lose part of who we think we are to become part of something bigger and more beautiful. And so it is with the laugurus.
This wreath has a strong pyramidal structure. I have centred dark colours in the middle to give a slight appearance of depth. Although it looks heavy, it is a very light headband and you hardly notice that you are wearing it on your head.
It is designed with floral tape, wire of different thicknesses and laugurus. It is available for sale and shipping anywhere in the world. Just contact me.
The litmus test of the design was the shooting of a music video in Vlissingen (The Netherlands): the single ‘Be With Me’ by IrisTM, with whom we had the honour to collaborate. The crown held up against the circumstances without a hitch. By the way, this song is available on Spotify and many other streaming platforms. There is no better combination than music and flowers.
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