Contemporary Trends in Floral Design

Tue, Jun 21 / 7–8 pm

Join Flower Craft artist Emily Thompson and Nancy Hass, writer at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, for a conversation about contemporary trends in floral design with a focus on the philosophical influences on Thompson’s evocative botanical installations and arrangements. Then, watch Thompson reveal and animate the essential nature of what she calls “living media” in a demonstration of her signature compositional techniques.  

ASL interpretation will be provided for this program and visitors with disabilities are eligible for free admission. Please email to reserve your ticket.



About the panelists

Nancy Hass is writer at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine covering design, architecture, and culture.

Emily Thompson was raised in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, a place of uncompromising beauty. She brought her sense of this place, its ruins and its wilds, to her work as an artist, traveling from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania to UCLA, where she earned her MFA in sculpture, finally landing in New York City. Here, she fell in with a rough crowd of thorny brambles and made it her mission to bring them to light. Emily likes to cite William Gilpin, eighteenth century theorist of the picturesque, who directed builders of follies and artificial ruins to do so as if these ruins were not designed but naturally chosen. What’s more, writes Gilpin, they must be in magnificent style. Emily’s work, like her ideal faux ruin, evokes nature in magnificent style. 

Please review our health and safety protocols before you arrive. MAD strongly recommends all visitors five and up are vaccinated against Covid-19 and visitors ages two and up wear face coverings, even if vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation.

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