"This selection of my works is from my studies with Mark Pampling and Flower Thinking's courses.
"My experiences with Flower Thinking and Mark have been reenergising to my creative thoughts. Challenging myself to look at my choices and the way I use materials to produce the optimum effect from the materials used. A wonderful journey that I intend to continue as learning should never end.
"I look forward to the next course with Flower Thinking and Mark's next floral challenge."
- David Berger
David Berger AIFD PFCI
David has been engaged in every facet of Floristry within his career. Head Designer for David Jones Florist for 25 years, David travelled throughout Australia installing the annual Spring Show, the largest cut flower display in the Southern hemisphere.
A successful competitor representing Australia in the World Cup of Floristry on four occasions. Gaining two Silver medals in overall placings and five individual Gold medals in various sections.
David is a National Interflora Judge and WorldSkills National Chief Judge, International Expert for Floristry.
A sought after Demonstrator throughout Australia and overseas, David’s designs are always commercially based. David specialises in the facilitation of workshops, sharing latest trends and techniques with the Floral Industry.
David’s career path now has him in a full-time teaching position at Western Sydney TAFE in Floristry. Currently, David is the Head Teacher of five delivery locations, sharing his knowledge and experiences with a new generation of florists.
One Container, Five Elements
"One Container, Five Elements expanded my design processes and choices. Analysing the container and looking for a link to each of the five elements. Focusing on one element was a disciplined journey, one that became more complex the further I travelled along the path, albeit a rewarding journey.
"On reflection it allowed me to consider my choices and to give each element of design a voice in my arrangements. I likened it to a choir where one voice may lead but if the supporting harmonies are not in pitch the whole auditory experience is not quite right. I found myself falling to my favourite elements and constantly self-evaluating to see what was often needed, often editing rather than adding.
"During the group feedback sessions, I gained new eyes not only on my own work but that of my peers. Such a rewarding experience."
"Design Solutions saw a different approach where only two materials were to be used. This was challenging for me as I like to work with a variety of materials. Using my previous studies with Mark as a guide I chose beans and anthuriums. Using all parts of both plant materials. Including the seeds and leaves of the plants. A great experience it, pushed my creativity. I found a different perspective of the value of all parts of the plant."