Art Institute of Philadelphia Student Designers to Participate in Flower Show



Thirty-year-old Tanti Lina is adding a new title to her collection. 

The Overbrook Park resident, who owns her own floral design business, Papertini, will serve as one of two volunteer “Dress Advisors” at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”

“With my wedding floral design work, I have to follow people’s wishes and sometimes restrict the art,” Lina said. “At the Flower Show, I get to play a lot more and I love that.”

New at the Show this year, exhibitors will be creating flower arrangements inspired by dresses made by students from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The theme for the class is “On Top of the World.” The exhibitors, who will be randomly assigned a dress, will meet with the student designers come January.  

TantiLina2Lina, who has participated in the Show for the last three years, will help the exhibitors walk through the process and offer her own advice.

“Don’t think too much. If you think too much, you’ll over do it,” she said. “Sometimes less is more.”

Lina entered the Show for the first time in 2007. 

“I was bored one day and this sounded like fun,” she said. “The first year, I entered two classes and got a second place. I got addicted and went crazy every year since.”

In 2008, she won first place for a dress arrangement and earned honorable mentions for a medium niche and a jewelry entry. She was also a runner up in the artistic sweepstakes.

Tanti Lina, right, with her floral arrangement inspired by a dress created by a Moore College of Art & Design fashion student.

Tanti Lina, right, with her floral arrangement inspired by a dress created by a Moore College of Art & Design fashion student.

Last year, she created a “dress” arrangement, a pair of shoes, a miniature arrangement and a handbag.

Originally from Indonesia, Lina said she is particularly excited to interpret the 2010 Show’s international theme. The Flower Show will feature India, Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore and New Zealand.

“I’m happy to see a great variety of countries,” she said.

For a slide show of Lina’s dresses and other arrangement categories, visit here.


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