PLANT SCIENCES 3220 Floral Designs


Instructor: Lesleighan Cravens, MS
Department of Plant Sciences
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The F.A.M.E. design project in Plant Sciences Digital Textile and Apparel Applications was to create decorative floral arrangements influenced by the event’s 17th-century theme. Students were introduced to the period’s artwork and period-inspired MHCTC garments during a special presentation by MHCTC staff. Special consideration was also taken for the pre-set event locations of the floral designs which included food and drink tables, silent auction tables, and the museum entrance and interior.

'Flowers Beneath a Cartouche' by Nicolas van Veerendael (1676) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

'Still Life with a Meat Pie, Nautilus Goblet, Silver Plats, and Glassware;' Attributed to Cornelis Mahu after a Lost Original by Willem Claesz Heda (17<sup>th</sup> Century) Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri

17th Century Presentation by MHCTC Collection Manager Nicole Johnston to Plant Sciences 3220 Students (2019)

From left to right: Annika Meyer, Katelyn Reiss, Alex Boedeker, Caroline Robison, and Instructor Lesleighan Cravens


By Cindy Kaplan, Eliane Botts, and Emily Elmer

Inspired by paintings and clothing of the 17th century, the extravagance of our floral design reflects the period’s Baroque influence. We have chosen whimsical, colorful flowers accented with feathers and silk in a six-part design flanking the entrance to the Museum of Art and Archaeology.


By Lauren Eagon, Jasmine Tam, Caroline Robinson, and Xinyi Hu

For this project, we found much of our inspiration in 17th century paintings of floral still lifes. We loved the use of extravagant flowers and their abundant variety, as well as other natural elements – from fruit to wine to butterflies – that were very distinctive to floral paintings of the 17th century. When creating our floral designs, we tried to keep all of these aspects in mind. We incorporated the period’s use of rich colors, extravagant flowers, and pieces of nature.

Lauren Eagon with Floral Design (2019) Photograph by Thomas Sharenborg, Rocheport, MissouriLauren Eagon

Alex Boedeker with Floral Designs (2019) Photograph by Thomas Sharenborg, Rocheport, MissouriAlex Boedeker


By Abby Balota, Alex Boedeker, McKenna Treece, and Noelle Rhoades

Inspiration for our three-pedestaled floral design stems heavily from the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. Materials can be found throughout the piece that replicate realistic still-life paintings created during this prosperous time for the Dutch. Gold accents can be seen leading the eye upward from gilded pedestal legs into dark greenery surrounding a vibrant, ornamental floral mass. Elegant Parrot Tulips and dramatic Larkspur, among others, play off the delicate nature of the vines reaching from beneath the table. Finally, as one last ode to the period, feathers explode skyward in a dramatic tale- told in a style that withstands the test of time.


By Katelyn Reiss, Emily Koch, and Annika Meyer

Envisioning a 17th century art piece, we encompassed contrasting colors of moody red hues with pastel peaks. Using color and depth, these arrangements reflect the layers of clothing that represented wealth in that time period. Carefully crafted metal architecture inspired us to incorporate metallic gold containers as the foundation of the arrangements. Coming together, these arrangements depict color, depth and movement of the 17th century.

Annika Meyer with Floral Design (2019) Photograph by Thomas Sharenborg, Rocheport, MissouriAnnika Meyer

Katelyn Reiss with Floral Design (2019) Photograph by Thomas Sharenborg, Rocheport, MissouriKatelyn Reiss

Caroline Robison with Floral Design (2019) Photograph by Thomas Sharenborg, Rocheport, MissouriCaroline Robison

Katelyn Reiss with Floral Design (2019) Photograph by Thomas Sharenborg, Rocheport, MissouriKatelyn Reiss