Designing to Win January 2024 - Schedule

Uncommon Threads

Program starts 16 January - Accepting registrations now

For this session of Designing to Win, we will be working to a schedule titled Uncommon Threads, included below for your reference.

The purpose of the exercise is to give floral designers, artists and arrangers the opportunity to practise their floral competing skills in an inclusive environment, with the benefit of sharing in each others' learnings.

Course example design by Mark Pampling


  • Introduction

    This is the schedule which forms the basis of the design tasks for Flower Thinking's Designing to Win Program - January 2024.

    Participating designers will work to this schedule to create a design which is then analysed in a live design forum. Based on the feedback received, the designers will then created a second design based on the same schedule, taking into account insights gained.

  • Theme

    Uncommon Threads

  • Brief

    Create a design for the opening event of a fashion boutique that specialises in clothing handmade from unusual and recycled materials. The design will be displayed on a plinth, against a wall near the main service counter.

  • Information and Rules

    • Placement/Space – the design is to be displayed on a square plinth. The plinth is white, and approximately 400mm wide x 400mm deep x 900mm high. The ceiling height above the plinth is at 2400mm. The back, vertical side of the plinth is approximately 400mm from the wall. Refer to the supplied photo of the plinth in situ for further detail and context.
    • The design must be created to be viewed mainly from the front.
    • Plant material must predominate.
    • Artificial plant material is prohibited.
    • Designs must be the authentic work of the designer, without assistance. 
  • Submission and Photography

    • Designs are to be photographed against a plain/neutral background.
    • Submissions may include multiple photos, up to a maximum of 5 images, and must include one full shot of the design taken from the front. 
    • Images must be in clear focus and of reasonable resolution (between 1 to 5 MB).
    • Digital manipulation of photos, other than basic image-quality editing (cropping, straightening, light/colour correction, etc.) is not permitted.
    • Submissions must list approximate dimensions of the design, including:
    • Height - above the plinth (top of plinth to highest point of the design)
    • Height/length - overall (lowest point of the design to highest point of the design)
    • Width
    • Depth

Choose how you'd like to learn

You can join Designing to Win as a designer and contribute work which is assessed as if you were in a competition, or you can join as part of the audience and gain invaluable insights into how floral competitions are judged. Either way, you will gain insights that can elevate your competition game, in a supportive and inclusive environment, led by a World Champion and Master Florist Mark Pampling.

For the full list of benefits and inclusions, see the registration pages, below: