In my exploration of reinterpreting the decorative wreath I started thinking about ways to use contrasting materials to create a bold statement. So birch bark. It reminds me of when I was young and hanging around lakes in Michigan and Canada. One of the most indelible images I have of those experiences was being on a boat and seeing groves of birch trees leading up to the water's edge as if they were marching into the lake. In the stillness of the morning, birch tree trunks would reflect off the water and mirror their beautifully blotched bark. In the distance, cue the loon's mysterious call, a speckled loon might break the water's misty surface and send ripples through the birches reflection. A woodland image so still, so peaceful, so meditative. My idea was to create a prototype that could capture the wonder of the woodland yet present a festive flair.
So why not try using some chunky yet fun material such as sculptural succulents and some supernatural seedpods? I found the style of the combinations to be bold, beautiful, and uniquely unconventional. There's something about the woodland look that is very holiday. Outfitting the prototype with ornaments of succulents and seed pods makes for a graphically genius touch. I call this look, Birch Bark Bohemian. What do you think?