Emily Thompson has combined her talents as a sculptor and floral artist to create a sublime shop and floral design company. Her shop is a green oasis located in Manhattan’s historic Seaport District that is still emerging from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Her corner shop has an abundance of light, the numerous windows festooned with banners carefully calligraphed with poetic lines and surrounded by a profusion of verdant plants. As well as being a shop and studio for her floral arrangements, Emily also likes to use the space as a platform for artists and events, and there is an imaginative mix of decorative objects and vessels from artists such as Malia Jensen, Mark Gagnon and Frances Palmer. Emily has a clear vision of the look she likes to create; she is drawn to form and texture, favoring lots of foliage punctuated by flowers often incorporating fruits, vegetables and other natural findings. Emily’s first introduction to flower arranging was when as a student she took a job at Anne Miller Crawley’s shop in Philadelphia. After graduate studies at UCLA she returned to the East Coast in 2003 and organized the flowers for both her brother and sister’s weddings. The demand for her dynamic and unconventional approach to flower design grew, her skills being enlisted for friends and artists’ parties and weddings. Emily spent many years in her studio juggling fragile ceramics with large bundles of branches and flowers. A year spent solely teaching in Philadelphia made Emily realize how much she missed working with flowers, a variable, tactile medium that presented infinite possibilities. She closed her studio in Brooklyn and opened her shop in Manhattan where most of her clients are based. Emily travels whenever possible, she is inspired by different landscapes and loves to mimic growing patterns in her work. These days when she thinks about sculpting it is in terms of vessels and containers for her flowers, which some day she hopes to be able to find the time to produce.
Shopkeeper Photo: Sophia Moreno-Bunge
142 Beekman Street, New York NY