Emily’s work will go more mainstream when it appears in Veranda’s 2013 holiday issue. If you can’t wait, you can see what she did for the White House and other events here.
Earthy. Natural. Organic. That’s what comes to mind when you see an arrangement by Emily Thompson. Her work is grounded by her upbringing in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont and freed by her studies in art, including an MFA in sculpture from UCLA.
Emily’s flowers and banquet decor balance the uncultivated organic world with the delicacy of classical ornamental design.
Whether it’s an event at the Frick Museum in New York City or decorating the White House for the holidays, as she did in 2011, Emily’s work is also in demand!
But yesterday, she was in Rye speaking to my garden club and I don’t think we’ve ever been that rapt with attention. She sculpted arrangements right before our eyes, talking us through the choices she was making and eliciting sighs when she added “just the right element”. She arrived without prior knowledge of the type or style of containers she would be working with, nor the type of flora. She quickly gravitated to the branches and even some that seemed beyond their prime. In fact, she seemed to like those the best.
Here’s a look at her presentation.
And, here are some of her arrangements more professionally photographed, so that you can enjoy the extent of her artistry.
Do you agree that her arrangements feel like fauna sculptures?