Festive Thinking 2023 (Designer)

Festive Designs, Inspiration and Learnings (Designer)

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Refresh your inspiration, skills and techniques with four festive designs for the Christmas season.

Join Mark in a video tutorial where he talks through four designs, demonstrating techniques and discussing the reasoning behind design decisions

Create your own interpretation of one of the designs and receive an analysis of your interpretation in terms of the Elements and Principles of design.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Marie Cairns

Amazing ideas. Thank you.


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.


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

Kath S

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.


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.

Four Luxurious Designs

Walk through four festive designs with Mark - two tall designs and two low, all made with a singular mechanic in common - fibre crescents.

Step by step instructions with ample illustrative photos provide a starting point for your own interpretations.

The techniques used are simple and yet offer great scope to use in many different design styles.

Curving lines of glistening sickles and choice botanicals bring festivity and rhythm to these Christmas designs.

A sprinkling of yuletide spices enhances the festive feeling.

Sickles bring long draping lines and a fluid feeling not possible with short-stemmed materials.

The flower choices and their compact use in these compositions make them long lasting - low maintenance and perfect for a relaxed festive season.

Creating designs using organic sickle shapes naturally introduces curving elements.

Their crafted forms and fluid lines add impact and interest without overwhelming the flowers.

Using metallic wire to bind the sickles offers a subtle glistening element that makes the final arrangement fit easily into almost any Christmas context.

Your Designer Registration Includes:

  • Video Tutorial walking through the four designs in the bonus eBooks
  • Instruction in making fibre crescents using a range of fibres and threads
  • A refresher in the oft-overlooked yet foundational technique of Binding
  • Two bonus eBooks, giving step by step instructions for all four of the designs in the video tutorial
  • A critical analysis of your design in the Live Design Forum (watch live and/or catch-up later)
  • An eBook of all of the Design Learnings from the Live Design Forum - including yours.
  • An invitation to feature your work in the Festive Thinking Gallery.

Participation Guide

The Participation Guide is your guide to getting the most out of your participation in the Festive Thinking program.

If you have questions about Festive Thinking, some answers may be found in it, and you are also welcome to ask us any question directly.

Festive Thinking Timetable


Thursday 21 November 2023

  • eBooks and instructional videos released

Saturday 9 December 2023

  • Design Submission Due

Tuesday 12 December 2023

  • Live Design Forum

Thursday 14 December 2023

  • Meeting notes and video released


Course dates for 2024 are yet to be announced.


All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time  at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

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 If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in Festive Thinking, you can register your interest here.


    You can view some of the submissions and learnings from past participants in the Festive Thinking Gallery.

    Mark Pampling has been designing, competing, teaching and judging for thirty years now and is as well known for his clear, linear design style as for his patient and inclusive way of sharing his knowledge.

    • 2019 Beijing World Flower Art Contest – Champion
    • 2015 Interflora World Cup, Berlin – Judge
    • 2014 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year – 1st Place
    • 9th China International Orchid Show (Sanya) – Best Creative Award
    • 2014 International Flower Contest Japan – Best in Show, Gold Award and Design Innovation Award
    • Asia Cup 2014 (Japan) – 1st Place – Surprise Table Display
    • 2013 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year – 2 Silver Awards & 1 Bronze Award
    • 2012 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year – 4th Place
    • 2012 Interflora Australia Cup – Winner
    • 2011 Interflora Australia Cup – Winner
    • Australian Competitor 10th Interflora World Cup 2004 – 3rd Place

    You can learn more about Mark here.

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    Festive Thinking (Designer)

    Festive Thinking (Designer)

    Festive Thinking (Designer)

    A Program led by Mark Pampling

    Festive Thinking is an opportunity to refresh your inspiration, skills and techniques with some festive designs for the Christmas season.

    It consists of an instructional video, two instructional eBooks, an online teaching session (with bonus recording) and a book of learnings - Mark Pampling's analysis of up to twenty designs for your continued learnings and growth as a floral artist or designer.

    It includes:

    • 1 x video tutorial covering four designs in two distinct styles
    • 1 x video recording of the live design discussion (accessible to end January 2024)
    • 1 x eBook of Mark's analytical design notes (yours to keep)
    • 2 x how-to eBooks covering four designs (yours to keep)
    • + loads of inspiration and learnings that you can share in and apply to your own practice

    Your Registration Includes:

    14 November

    • Recorded demonstration showcasing two Christmas designs
    • Two eBooks on the designs showcased by Mark

    12 December

    • Live Design Discussion, where your work is critically analysed by Mark Pampling

    14 December

    • An eBook of Mark's detailed analytical design notes, showcasing many learnings that you can apply in your design practice

    The eBooks:

    More details coming soon!

    The Videos:

    Festive Thinking Video Tutorial demonstrates, step by step, how to make a total of four designs and includes guidance on the hands-on techniques that you'll need to make them yourself

    Festive Thinking Design Discussion is a detailed discussion, led by Mark Pampling, where he analyses the 17 designs submitted by the 13 contributing designers, according to the Principles of Design.

    The discussion offers many learnings and useable insights that you can apply to your own floral discipline.

    The program timetable and detailed information on how to participate can be found in the Participation Guide.

    You can register your interest in the program and be updated on future course dates here.

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