Artificial Flower Design
The design of most artificial flowers begins with nature to create a replica that is realistic, elegant and beautiful. For example, if an artificial flower manufacturer was to create a silk flower based on the design of a magnolia, he would take a fresh magnolia from the tree to analyse, dissecting it carefully to use the actual separate parts as models for the creation of the new flower.
Specially designed tools are used to cut the silk into the shape of petals, often using the real petal as a template, with three or four different sizes to comprise a realistic replica of the flower. Cutting dies are expensive but necessary for creating a high quality finished product, so the creation of an upscale artificial flower is a considerable financial investment on the part of the manufacturer.
The design of artificial flowers is heavily influenced by trends in fashion and interior design, as well as the seasons. Silk flower designers often attend trade shows, where they can study the popular use of colours and styles in wallpapers, furniture, summer dresses etc, so that they can create a look that will be popular for the year ahead. However, the advantage of artificial flowers is that while seasonal blooms may be the most in demand, any flower from any season can be created at any time, offering a new range of design possibilities.