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.
On a metal dish I place a metal Chinese temple form. On the dish I clasp and glue rag stone and in between I put the flowers. The dish is completely filled with water so that it looks like a pond. Under the temple I also place two eye-catching wooden sculptures which symbolize the mountains for me.
I use the seed boxes of the lotus flower and the chaenomelis flower.
I start with sketching, studying books and consulting the internet and so I soon had the idea of the temple form and the atmosphere I hope to create.
I try to match the assignments you can prepare at home, so that it becomes a beautiful unity.
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.
A surprise assignment is always interesting. The Shanghai Tang ingredients suite me. I tried to make the arrangement portable. It is therefore placed on a salver! The colours are in good balance and I think this shop display can be delivered at Shanghai Tang this very moment!