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Velvet Spade's brewski succulents planters

July 13, 2009 | 11:45 am


In the hands of Marguerite Inman at Velvet Spade Designs, succulents look anything but dry and sober. Exhibiting a witty and sometimes wacky sense of humor, Inman recycles all-American beer cans as planters for the low-water sculptural plants, starting at $8 apiece. She also turns more elaborate cactus and succulent arrangements into what she calls "narrative scenes with animal figurines, cast iron statuary or modern design elements" that start at $30. (Behold them after the jump.) Inman can be found most Saturdays at Silver Lake Art Craft & Vintage, a flea market located at Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street. She also can be reached at (323) 572-3366. "I will drink beer to order for can planters and guarantee a unique personal touch with each piece. All I need is a theme and price range." More pictures after the jump. ...

IMG_5173 Guaranteed to be an ice-breaker at a party. 

Particularly hilarious if displayed at a Sunday brunch spread featuring lox and other smoked fish.

DSC01198 In a more sedate display, pint-sized plastic deer roam doe-eyed through a forest of river rocks, echeveria, herbs and moss. Adding a more surreal touch, the pieces that appear to be fallen trees are actually antlers.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Velvet Spade Designs