Linear Precision

An Exhibition of work by Mark Pampling

When viewing a gallery of works by Australian Designer, Mark Pampling, a few words come to mind. Precision. Linear. Refined. Form focused. These commonalities run throughout almost all of Mark's designs. He, more often than not, takes a structural approach to his compositions, starting with a framework or armature into which he carefully curates the flower placements. The variety of techniques used to create these starting points is broad, showing a clear calling to advanced floral craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Another common theme in the works is asymmetry. Even within his symmetrical offerings there is a deliberate organisation of materials to induce a more dynamic visual balance and overall impact.

Perhaps the most obvious take out from Mark's portfolio of work is his affinity for line and the many ways it is managed and presented in floral contexts. Mark masterfully handles lines, whether he is prioritising their role, refining their organisation, elevating their presentation or giving them a clear energetic direction.

While usually taking a resourceful approach, using what's readily at hand, Mark always keeps an eye out for an exotic or fascinating material to include which could contrast well against its ordinary companions. No matter the material or the material combinations involved, Mark presents the linear aspects of his designs in ways to intrigue the viewer.

Wall hanging of spring flowers emerging from a rattan cane structure

Featured in Nacre Magazine (France)

Tulipa, Ranunculus, Dianthus barbatus
Photographer – Mark Pampling

Unlikely Companions

Dried apple and apricots, brown onions and a large Banksia pod crowned with an exquisite Slipper Orchid – in a hand woven, asymmetrical basket

Pararistolochia praevenosa, Chrysanthemum, Banksia, Paphiopedilum, Allium cepa, Juglans, Prunus armeniaca, Malus, Craspedia
Photographer – Mark Pampling

Leaning design of exotic florals floating above an amber bottle

Cordifolium, Amaranthus caudatus, Phalaenopsis, Celosia cristata, Aranthera

A teaching example presented at Cohim, Flower School Beijing

Photography - Courtesy of Cohim

Structure of Black Willow and cylinder of raffia cylinder anchoring striking flower placements

From a demonstration for the New South Wales Floral Art Association

Banksia, baxteri, Salix nigra, Brunia, Phalaenopsis, Alocasia amazonica, Leucadendron
Photographer - Mark Pampling

Placements of Zantedeschia and brown Onions on Lentils and Turmeric Leaves

Featured in an edition of Stichting Kunstboek's International Floral Art

Curcuma longa, Lens culinaris, Calla 'Pink Perfection', Allium cepa
Photographer – Mark Pampling

Freestanding bound composition of spring flowers, presented in a shallow, water-filled tray

Featured in Nacre Magazine (France)

Rosa 'Dandelion', Lathyrus odoratus, Tulipa, Freesia, Ranunculus
Photographer - Mark Pampling

Draping, canopy design of Lichen branches and Tillandsia, constructed on a tall Pilsner vase

From a demonstration for the New Zealand Professional Florists

Protea, Leucadendron, Tillandsia usneoides
Photography - Courtesy of NZPF

An architectural approach to designing, with a balance between contemporary and classical influences

From a virtual demonstration for the Floral Art Society of New Zealand

Protea, Leucadendron, Tillandsia usneoides
Photographer - Mark Pampling

Floral and Vegetable Forms on Hay Sickles

A structure of Hay sickles forms a backdrop for a collection of fascinating floral and vegetable forms – including Parsnips

Banksia, Pastinaca, Gloriosa, Rosa, Celosia cristata, Salix, Craspedia, Bambuseae
Photographer - Mark Pampling

Threaded Graptopetalum pieces form a graceful line that is decorated simply with a cluster of fragrant Roses.

Graptopetalum, Rosa
Photographer - Iain Brockwell

A reduced colour palette allows  the forms and lines of the individual materials to come to the fore in this formal-linear arrangement

Created for Flower Thinking's Design Directions online program

Protea, Banksia, Philodendron, Papyrus, Dryandra, Chrysanthemum, Molucella, Erica sessiliflora, Anthurium
Photographer - Mark Pampling

A Carnation study – stems, blooms and petals – minimally decorated with Dodder Vine and dyed Stirlingia flowers

Dianthus caryophyllus, Cuscuta australis, Stirlingia
Photographer – Eddie Brockwell

Mark Pampling

Mark Pampling is a world-renowned Floral Designer and teacher who has won awards in many countries. He has a reputation as an expert in floral design; his work is often described as 'clean', with an affinity for clearly prioritising lines and strong forms. His designs frequently take a disciplined, resourceful approach to material selection.

A two time recipient of Australia’s top floristry prize, the Interflora Australia Cup, Mark has been highly placed in several international competitions and exhibitions, including a 3rd placing at the Interflora World Cup in 2004 (representing Australia) a Gold Medal at International Flower Show Japan in 2014, and Champion at the 2019 Beijing World Flower Art Contest.

An experienced demonstrator, accredited floristry Judge and floristry industry consultant, Mark was also a Senior Lecturer at Cohim, Flower School Beijing, for over three years. Numerous international floral design publications have showcased his work. Since 2020, he's launched into the digital world, presenting online workshops, video tutorials and live presentations, and authoring instructional eBooks. 

Mark is known as a generous teacher and educational leader, which has led to collaborations and guest roles with schools, colleges and flower associations internationally.

A co-owner of Alstonville Florist in northern New South Wales and a Director of Interflora Australia, Mark is also a Floral Fundamentals Ambassador, contributing to their purpose of forming stronger connections between flower growers and floral creatives.

Mark's philosophy is that there is no end to learning in floral design and he actively embraces the roles of both teacher and student.

Based on 73 reviews

Amazing ideas. Thank you.

Designing to Win Uncommon Threads

Designing to Win Uncommon Threads. The course provided the unusual opportunity to respond to a competition brief not once but twice. Using Mark’s detailed ebook as a guide to interpreting a marking scheme and competition brief. All participants produced a design. In a group forum we all received Mark’s insights and expert analysis, including advice on improvements and modifications. Producing a second design with this feedback. Mark held a second forum discussing the second design interpretation from the feedback given. Such a study in floral design and self improvement. Flower Thinking and Mark provide designers to tools to make considered choices in floral designing. I look forward to the next course and learning journey.

Building confidence

Love this book.

Designing to Win (Audience)
Marleen Pratt OAM
Uncommon Threads

I enjoyed the critiqued detail of the 1st design presented by participants in the theme Uncommon Threads. 2nd design was changed to improve its presentation to fill the brief of an opening Event for a fashion boutique.

"Designing to win" is a winner

The intriguing theme,"Uncommon threads", captured my attention and thinking. I initially thought this short course,"Designing to win", would be too challenging. I found that it was actually comprehensive, well organized and structured, and rewarding eventually. This course was about understanding the rules and schedule of a competition. It was about learning how to evaluate one's design for a competition against an essential list of marking criteria for judging. Mark conducted two virtual discussion forums fluently, meticulously and constructively by giving clear analysis with concise explanations. He posed questions and made suggestions on each participant's design in #1 submission. The task of improving/adjusting/changing in order to achieve a better outcome became the necessary challenge for #2 submission.
The learnings from all the other submissions was just as important as those of mine. After having completed this course, I gained a better understanding of the entire process of designing to win and the crucial decision making that hinged on the points/marks for judging. The "wow factor" which can contribute to winning can be achieved by more critical evaluation of a design. Learning to be a better designer is always my aim in participating in Mark's courses. I truly felt that I achieved it and it was a likely "win" for me. The instructional eBooks and video tutorials on competitions were valuable bonuses given after completion of the course.

Thank you, Mark, for this great opportunity to learn from you.

Designing to win uncommon threads

Excellent course, I learnt a lot just need to put it into practice now.😊

Designing to Win (Designer)
Fiona Leman Leman
I thought it was a good title with lots of scope for interpretation.

I thought it was a great course! I learnt a lot from the in depth evaluations of each design, and I think the true value of the course can be seen in the huge improvements of all the submitted designs. Thank you Mark.

Floral Competition Essentials

Very informative,

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.

I am thrilled to have found Designing to Win classes. Mark is an excellent teacher, looking at the work from both a competitor's and evaluator's point of view. I learned so much watching his thorough critiquing of each design and suggestions on improvements. I would love to try this as a competitor next time. A great educational experience!

Each task or assignment for this course pushes you to think more about placement of components in order to ensure that the elements and principles of design are used to create a harmonious result. Mark encourages creativity by providing examples before leaving you to work in your own way, this is incredibly stimulating. All feedback provided is done in a positive way which encourages you to assess your own work better each time - however I still manage to repeat some of the same faults over and again ;) so plenty more to learn.

Festive Thinking expanded my design process. Mark’s books and video explained the task clearly and with detailed instructions and examples. The feedback session was informative providing suggestions on improvement and self reflection on the design created. Mark’s detailed analysis gives insights into the application of the elements and principles of design. I enjoyed the course and look forward to the next Flower Thinking offering.

This course is totally fabulous, taking one container and working with that in totally different ways with the focus on each of the Elements of design really make you think. Using the container as a starting point for inspiration but then pushing it on alternative ways is most refreshing. Mark's feedback and guidance throughout is so clear and well thought out and is delivered both verbally and in writing. This course is a great opportunity to learn from a master... But it is also self lead in that you choose your own design and work to stretch yourself in what ever way you like. So good I am considering a second round using different container.

That the Festive Thinking courses are extremely worthwhile, cost effective and so convenient to be able to watch the videos at home and then revue at one's leisure.

The sickles are very versatile and can be used in many different ways, not only for a festive design. I liked the fact that a subtle Christmas feeling was encouraged for the designs in this forum.

Festive Thinking provided an opportunity to work to a theme and then see just how totally different everyone's ideas are, when developing that theme. The feedback provided was clear and focused on improvement. It was also great to have certain design styles discussed - in particular the explanation of displacement from container was insightful.

Enjoyed the challenge and learnt so much. Mark's ability to see what might be with a few subtle changes is amazing.

A must if you are looking to improve your designing and challenge yourself to trying out new ideas.

I really enjoyed the course and particularly found the critique process really helpful, as Mark carefully explained what worked well with the designs we had each produced and how they could potentially be improved further. At each stage, Mark explained how the design principles applied and helped me to develop my understanding of contemporary work.

This was a fantastic class and I highly recommend it. Mark opened up my creativity and taught me to look at every element in different ways.

This course has boosted my confidence and understanding of what is expected in good floral design. The practical, eloquent and positive feedback has been really valuable. Not only does Mark possess true natural flair and talent, but also comes with vast experience and above all, is an excellent teacher who is able to clearly share his understanding with his students.

When we commenced the workshop I was quite surprised we would be working with one material and not much else. I was challenged throughout the process which resulted in a very beneficial outcome. Although I was challenged throughout the workshop, I also felt supported greatly with advice and tips from Mark. The opportunity was wonderful and i feel i have learnt so much from carrying out each exercise. Thank you Flower Thinking for this great opportunity to be challenged, to learn, to be supported and to be part of the #designdisciplineexperiment.

Mark has a unique way of looking at design and he has brought that again with this Festive Thinking 2023 short course and tutorial. What I like about his courses are he gives you suggestions of useful techniques, detailed instructions and many examples of unique completed designs for inspiration. After you’ve submitted your design Mark reviews it and gives a detailed constructive analysis about the work. He indicates what works and what improvements or other possibilities to enhance the design. Always insightful and thought provoking. In addition to this, it is so good to see how other participants interpret the brief and the amazing designs they create. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the world of floral design. Highly recommended.

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.