Kevin: Hi, I’m Kevin Ylvisaker with Smithers-Oasis on the IDEA Channel. I’m here today with my really good friend and design director teammate, Frank Feysa.
K: Frank is working on something really cool and amazing that we are really proud of, and it’s the Foam Tiles. Frank, tell me, how did you put this all together?
Frank: Well, it really was pretty easy, we use hook-and-loop to attach this to this box, and you can actually attach it to any sort of piece of plywood, or anything that could be suspended from the ceiling. The hook-and-loop is available at a big box store or a home improvement store, and we attach it right to the back of this box.
K: Is that what you have got right here?
F: Exactly, we have it attached first to the actual 18 x 24 Floral Foam Tile, and then this would come off, and you attach it to whatever it is you are putting the tile on.
K: So this piece is actually on the back of the plywood here?
F: Exactly, and it has a sticky surface that you put it on with, and if you wanted additional security you could use staples to make sure it is not going to go anywhere. But it is really pretty sturdy and the tiles stay put very very well.
K: And then after you get that I assume you put this on first, then do you soak this (Foam Tile)?
F: We soaked it first, and then we put it on the hook-and-loop fasteners.
K: And how do I soak this? What do I put this in?
F: There’s a number of different ways that you can do it if you don’t have something big enough to soak it. You can take it and put it in a sink and drip water in it and get it to absorb water, but if you can find a sink large enough, or some sort of a large tub, that would be the best way. Put the tiles down and let it absorb the water. Also, this has this patented tile sort of edge that so many Smithers pieces have, that will protect the water from coming out of these individual areas. For instance, if this was one piece, the water might really go to the bottom at one point, and what this tile style does is keep the water in these tiles, and keep the flowers hydrated.
K: So you’ve got it all soaked here, do I build it on my table? I see you have done a couple of them, and we have got one that’s going to be on the web, and I know you did that one flat, or because you have a pattern here, do you build it up while it is hung up? Either way, does it matter?
F: I think it is probably easier to build it in place, not that you would have to do that, I mean, you could do it on a table, but it’s easier to get the perspective of what you are doing if it is in place, and you can put the flowers right in, and then you are not having to actually place the tile with all of the flowers on it, and so forth. I think it makes it a little easier to get really fun and funky and do whatever you want to do.
F: You notice I have been using carnations and this Flat Wire, and what I wanted was that strong sort of line, and it is really hard to do that without having something to stop the two colors of carnation. This is nothing more than Snake Wire, wide Snakeskin Wire, and actually three pieces. I have taken two of them and glued them together with UGlu strips, and then I put one in the center so there is three pieces, and it’s a relatively large piece that ends up being about this wide, and then you push it in the foam and you have that really nice, clean, difference between whatever it is you are working with.
K: So that whole line is just that piece of wire pushed into the foam?
F: Exactly. It’s just pushed right into the foam. Also, I really think this lends itself, now, I basically have the background finished here, but I’m going to be taking some really exotic line materials to make some sort of a connection between these two colors. You could just have a great time with your design by placing this anthurium directly into the foam and just make it dramatic.
K: Wow, and I know it’s going to last long, it’s OASIS Floral Foam MaxLife in this so it’s going to last a long time. I know you have done other ones and they have held up great using all the flowers.
F: Make sure that you place flower food in the water before you soak it, of course, that’s absolutely the best way to keep the flowers lasting their longest.
K: I know we talked earlier, beside the hook-and-loop fastener, I could actually just use some screws, like wood screws and screw that on to a plywood base, like if we wanted that bigger like a background wall if we wanted.
F: I think there are so many options that you could do with this, it’s not that you have to use one particular method to attach it to anything. The event work applications are limitless.
K: Can I cut this?
F: Absolutely. If you wanted to cut it smaller, there is no reason why you couldn’t do that.
K: So, I think we can use it for a lot of events, a lot of great ideas. I know that you want to see this finished, you want to see what Frank comes up with, you are going to find that on the web as well, so make sure that you look for the finished piece that Frank has created. It has been fun working with Frank, and again, I’m Kevin Ylvisaker.
F: And I’m Frank Feysa, from the Smithers-Oasis IDEA Channel.