Bold and unexpected with an innate impressionist sensibility
Lovers of impressionism, abstract and glam rejoice – Amy employs a bold palette in a pack that is both evocative and sensuous inspired by whimsical red and pink poppies. Indulge in the dramatic and sumptuous combination of rich tempting reds and dusty pinks. Amy uses hybrid colour techniques to form natural movements amongst lavish passionate hues and visually reference ‘hybrid’ plants that are naturally or artificially created by manual pollination. The charming space with minimalist lines is met with an unrestrained palette and robust natural materials of thistles, native templetonia and hydrangeas. Amy adds: “Layers of deep red silks are draped in such a way that feels organic and are meticulously handcrafted to echo flow and movement,” “... It’s about navigating the territory between heritage, homage and contemporary design in a way that feels natural to me, not forced.” Her accreditation and experience in fashion design underpins a number of her guiding principles in floristry. With this in mind, Amy employs her multidisciplinary set of skills and a broad range of techniques in the design process. The work serves as a reimagining of visual languages in floristry, fashion and sculpture that were developed and learned over time in between Amy’s travels.
Key colours: Rich deep red, faded terracotta, soft corals and dusky pink
1.9m x 1.1m
Thistles, native templetonia, hydrangea, pleated silk formed into floral shapes
Applied onto metal mesh
The starting point for the Mayflower’s palatial look and feel were the vibrant red accents of poppies and tactile pleated silks. The installations for the space were inspired by Founder and Creative Director Amy Thai’s travels, current life and desire to pause and reconnect with the essence of what matters. Hence, neutral hues of creams, whites and primrose yellows and its earthy appeal were called for as emerging key shades to “intuitively flow on from the bold distinctive red.” The neutrals are soft and sophisticated, with a gently faded finish that exudes stillness and calm like the Moroccan desserts. For the primary colour palette, Amy expressed her love for neutral tones and its symbolic gestures of deserts, its dusky warm tones and soothing subtle textures. Whether it is escaping to the forest, nostalgic memories, or dreams of new beginnings, the installation and space is a refuge from the noise and clamor of modern life and an emphasis on how humanity and nature are inextricably linked.
Amy draws inspiration from intuition and instinct and draws on her ancestral and cultural heritage, personal history, French art history, spirit and the cosmos to develop the work that seeks to engage humanity and nature. Put simply, her way of creating is about connecting into her emotions and responding to what feels right without hesitation. More so, the work is a result of an act of connecting and trusting something that guides her within without the need for her to fully understand it all.
Travel, principles of nature and French art deco with a modern twist shaped Amy’s choices of design. This particular work of floral designer and artist Amy Thai reminds us to slow down to take in the meditative down-to-earth array that is both peaceful and warm and draws on her experiences of living between many European cultures. Amy explains: “When creating this work and any other work, my intention is to lead the way without any intention which means trusting intuition and unconscious forces to guide it all.”
Investigating and discovering the multiplicity of self has remained a central focus in Thai’s practice. These nebulous yet mesmerising sculptural forms references the Western canons of classical art, while at the same time, pitches into something much deeper than what meets the eye - the concept of eternity. Her use of dried hydrangeas, paper daisies, rice flowers, native templetonias and magnolia tree nutshells marks the importance of life cycles and nature’s eternity. Such emphasis on florals marks the presence of the moment and meeting within that moment - indeed Amy believes that eternity isn’t anywhere else but here and now.
Key colours: Yellow, mustard, white, cream
1.6m x 1.1m
Hydrangea, paper daisy, pleated silk, rice flower, native templetonia and magnolia tree nutshell hand made into flowers.