Flower arrangement craft

Plants

People

Made with

Banana

Made by Tarmiati

Time

Activities

2021

Eating

Place

Michelle's garden, Aleithia's home, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Tarmiati: This is my corn husk flower, I made it myself. Normally I also make banana leaf flowers. I keep dried banana leaves from my plant. I'm interested in making flowers. I am a trainer at CDE for teaching art there. This Sunday I will also teach my friends to make flower near my house.


Tarmiati is from Kediri, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.

This flower vase has travelled with us to multiple sites, setting pop-up engagements and picnics together across the island. From the banana tree Tarmiati was growing in Singapore, she harvested, dried and painted its leaves to create “flowers”. Before she left Singapore, Tarmiati gifted the flower vase to our Home for display. While originally intended for a dining table display, some of its flowers were eventually used to create the centrepiece of our Home, as a unique and creative use of plant parts (leaves) to allude to another (flowers). Tarmiati currently works in Dubai, but continues to volunteer with CDE (Centre for Domestic Employees) to bring fellow migrant domestic workers flower crafting classes over ZOOM.

Wrapping iwel iwel in Aleithia's home. Singapore, 12/12/2021.
Wrapping iwel iwel in Aleithia's home. Singapore, 12/12/2021.

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Coconut Xchange picnic in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Singapore, 28/12/2021. Photo by Tarmiati
Coconut Xchange picnic in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Singapore, 28/12/2021. Photo by Tarmiati

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Flower craft projects. Singapore, 2021. Photo by Tarmiati.
Flower craft projects. Singapore, 2021. Photo by Tarmiati.

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Wrapping iwel iwel in Aleithia's home. Singapore, 12/12/2021.
Wrapping iwel iwel in Aleithia's home. Singapore, 12/12/2021.

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