The first event, Designers Choice is themed "Flowers on the Orient". Contestants will complete a design up to 1.2 metres deep and wide and 2.25 metres high within 2 hours. On the same day they will have their artistic flair tested again with a "Surprise Item" which they will complete in just over an hour. This is an exciting test of how spontaneous these designers from around the world can be with only 15 minutes to view the various items presented to them and create something amazing.
Assignment 1: Flowers on the Orient
The research started on day one. Books on architecture, Culture, Nature, Ceramics, Jewellery everything to help gain an insight. The words " Flowers on the Orient " we took as a play on words, so I went for a form that is elegant, sophisticated and sculptural in it's own right. The choice of flowers is for form, colour and texture to enhance the design not literally what originates in the East.
Lotus , Orchids , Roses, Tulips, Peony, Cyclamen, Chrysanthemum, Camellia, Azalea, Diathus, Magnolia these are all flowers that are depicted in the art and culture. I love working with all flowers and my favourites change with the seasons
Being the First piece we do, it is very important to create impact. Boldness of design and choice of colour were at the forefront in this piece, both of which are typical of my work. Also by including a few of my Favourite flowers helps to get the look I am seeking.
The Medium used for the pieces is fibreglass designed and made by my Husband Ross. It was a natural choice to work in collaboration with Him and cost effective too. I owe him Big. With this medium we were able to achieve Sculptural forms not always possible using other techniques, and hope we have reached the level of elegance and sophistication with this modern construction.
Assignment 2: Surprise item, Shanghai Tang
Create within the time allowed an in store display for the famous Shanghai Tang Clothing and Accessories Store. Your design should reflect the vibrancy and contemporary ambience of this retail outlet. You do not have to use all of the materials provided, you may decide not to use some of the items at all.
As the assignment was to make a window display, I made a very tall arrangement. People have to stop at the shop window and come in and buy. And I think they will with an arrangement like this in the shop window; as it combines size with very rich colours!
Making a surprise item is just like our normal daily work. Most of the customers that come in your shop will surprise you with their requests! It is never the same!