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					Balance




      Robbie Buchanan
            May 2007
            Balance
 Definition: The quality of a floral
  arrangement that gives a sense of
  equilibrium and repose (position).
 As humans, we can tell when things
  are not balanced and we tend to
  avoid imbalance (ladders, shelves,
  branches, and other things that may
  be a physical threat).
     Two types of balance:


 Actual   physical balance

 Perceived   visual balance
            Physical Balance
   Physical balance is also called mechanical
    balance
   Mechanical balance (or physical balance)
    means that the arrangement has to be
    mechanically sound to be able to stand on
    its own
   A design should be stable and should
    support itself.
            Mechanical Balance

   If a design falls
    over easily, or
    looks like it
    would fall over
    easily, it is not
    mechanically
    balanced
 Physical balance is achieved by
  having a container of the right size,
  weight and shape for the flowers it
  will hold.
 In general, an equal amount of
  flowers and foliage (greenery) are
  placed on all sides of the container.
 Materialsare
 distributed
 evenly so
 that the
 container will
 support
 them.
        Visual Balance

 Achieved   when the
  arrangement gives a feeling of
  stability.
 An arrangement can be
  mechanically balanced (it will
  not fall over easily) but not
  visually balanced.
            Visual Balance
   If an
    arrangement
    does not
    look
    balanced, it
    is disturbing
    and not
    visually
    balanced.
    Four types of visual balance:
   Symmetrical balance

   Asymmetrical balance

   Radial balance

   Open balance
       Symmetrical Balance
 One side is a mirror image of the
  other side
 Symmetrical

  balance
  displays
 strength and
 stability and
  is often used
  for formal
  events
         Symmetrical Balance
   These types of arrangements
    sometimes look
    too planned and
    a near-symmetry
    pattern is often
    used.
        Near-symmetry pattern
   The flowers on
    opposing sides
    vary, but are alike
    and do not take
    away from the
    symmetry
    of the
    arrangement
     Asymmetrical Balance
•Achieved by placing unequal
visual weight on each side of a
central vertical axis.
        Asymmetrical Balance
   Often called
    “informal” balance
   Requires more
    thought than
    “formal” or
    symmetrical
    balance
Balance by Position (Asymmetrical)

   Just as an adult
    can balance a
    child on a
    seesaw, flowers
    can balance one
    another by their
    positions in an
    arrangement
Balance by Position (Asymmetrical)

   A large flower
    closer to the
    focal point can
    balance a small
    object on the
    outside of the
    design
          Accessories/figurines
            (Asymmetrical)
   Accessories and
    figurines can
    also be used to
    give a sense of
    equilibrium or
    balance in an
    arrangement
             Radial Balance
   All elements of a design showing
    radial balance radiate out from a
    common
    central
    point in
    the
    arrangement
              Radial Balance
   Radial balance can be:
                             Asymmetrical
     Symmetrical
               Open Balance
   Neither prominently
    symmetrical or
    asymmetrical
   Material is used in a
    more relaxed way
    with open balance
   There are no rules or
    format to rely on
   We rely on perceived
    balance (how you see
    it)
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
         Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open
        What kind(s) of balance is/are
               shown below?
   Physical/
    Mechanical
   Visual
       Symmetrical
          Near-symmetry

     Asymmetrical
     Radial

     Open

				
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