Flowers On the Orient
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.
The design is an attempt to infuse the Chinese lantern culture into the modern floral design. The Chinese latern has evolved from a a natural candle-lit and undecorated form to today's highly artistic lighting ornament. The conceptual framework is a descending sinuous series of flower lanterns which gives an impression of scenery of hanging laterns by the river side.
In my mind, lotus and chrysantemums are typical flowers of the orient. But I do not use them here because I would like to use some other material to interpret the orient design. I focussed in colours.
Modern concept and technique used in a traditional interpretation.
The main elements of the arrangement: acrylic plates and nylon strings are being used as the structural frame forming the main character of the design. Flower-in-test-tubes are being deployed around the main structure and this is the modern abstract technique used in the arrangement to stimulate the lanterns. Line materials are then used to connect and to spiral a few rounds to the supposedly abstract lanterns of the design.
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.
Please tell us something about your Shanghai Tang creation.
The many colours of the flowers in my Surprise item are typical for Shanghai. Besides the colour red, the people in Shanghai are using more and more colours then they did before.