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The combination of Ikebana and haiku is a more than successful one. The similarities between the arts go far beyond their Japanese origins. The seductive simplicity of haiku, its subtleties and sparse use of words, its silences and depth of meaning, its rhythms and seasons...these are only some of the characteristics that haiku shares with Ikebana. Both Ikebana and haiku have the power to move people. They evoke emotions using material that has carefully been trimmed of the superfluous. Their minimalism is convincing and reveals the essence. They manage to hold our gaze and temporarily slow down our daily rhythm. Both Ikebana and haiku invite us to see more than what the visible world has to offer. Members of the centre for poetry in Ghent, led by Hedwig Aerts, made a selection of their favourite traditional haiku by master poets such as Basho, Issa and Shiki. On the occasion of this book, they also created some new personal haiku.
This box of notecards contains twenty notecards (4 each of 5 designs) featuring bouquets with special meanings. The vase printed on the card highlights a sentiment that corresponds with the meaning of the flower: "Thank You" is paired with irises, "Thinking of You" accompanies pansies, "Happy Day" goes with gerbera daisies, "Well Done!" is conveyed with sun flowers, and "Hello Friend" is said with geraniums. Picking up on the symbolic language of flowers in Molly Hatch's Bouquet in a Book series, these notecards deliver the combined pleasure of receiving flowers and a handwritten note.
Koji Arai is one of those people who accidentally found their great ambition and passion in life. When he started working in a flower shop in Sao Paolo the main goal was to earn a living and improve his command of Portuguese. He could barely tell a rose from a tulip, let alone make a bouquet. As the shop did not spoon-feed him any instructions Arai learnt the art by stealing with his eyes. Ever since that first experience he has been obsessed with plants and the possibilities of flower design. After returning to Japan, he joined Dai-ichi Engei as floral designer and product developer. The collection of designs in this book, however, stands apart from his professional work. The Eternal Flower is his ode to flowers. In this book he wants to give a voice to the beauty of their colours, their enthralling eccentric shapes, their life, their death, their fragility and elegance and at the same time treasure them for eternity. Koji Arai puts his talent at the service of flowers, hoping to help disclose the fascinating aspects of flowers and plants that we often remain unaware of. This he does with great skill and bravura. Text in English and Japanese.
Discover Rachel Ashwell's floral inspirations and the unique touch she brings to interiors in her first book dedicated to flowers, a deeply-held passion come to life. Flowers and floral decoration are at the core of Rachel Ashwell's world and her designs. From her showcase rose garden in California, she set out with photographer Amy Neunsinger to capture the full-blown romance of the quintessential English country house, the dramatic colourways of northern Europe, and the faded opulence of a Parisian apartment. This is the story of that magical journey, which takes us through a variety of beautiful spaces large and small, some ornate and others simple. Every aspect of floral accents is showcased, from wallpaper to fabrics, floors to ceilings, architectural details, lighting and, of course, flower arrangements, some breathtaking and some simple... but all beautiful in their own right. Rachel Ashwell is the author of Shabby Chic Interiors and Shabby Chic Inspirations.
In this book you will find garlands, circles and wreaths for all seasons and occasions - weddings, Valentine's Day, Christmas and more. There are beautiful designs ranging from the very simple to more elaborate creations - make a green and white fruit blossom wreath to celebrate the arrival of spring, a sunflower swag to remind you of long summer days, a traditional harvest swag for autumn, and a bay and orange swag as a winter mantelpiece decoration. Basic wiring and taping methods are described and illustrated step by step. Whatever the season, this stimulating project book has something to make every occasion special.
A superb attention to detail, unsurpassed craftmanship, an emotional understanding of her clients, a dislike of overcomplicating things and a mind that never stops seeing new opportunities and ideas. These are only a few of the characteristics that made and still make Moniek Vanden Berghe the number one and trendsetting floral designer as far as bridal arrangements are concerned. And as time goes by, as is the case with many talented people, Moniek only seems to become more determined, more focused, more passionate. The colourful array and the diversity of the bridal bouquets, corsages, table arrangements, head pieces, and other decorative wedding designs compiled in Flowers in Love 4 demonstrate that Moniek is one of these artists whose well of inspiration never runs dry, on the contrary, it only flows more vigorously. Packed with fantastic new designs, this fourth book in the Flowers in Love collection will prove once again to be a goldmine of inspiration for aspiring florists and brides alike.
o A new edition following on from the highly successful Tasty Tables Annick Van Wesemael, master florist, translates her passion for her profession in romantic creations. Her floral art is a constant witness of femininity and sober finesse. After her successful first book, Tasty Tables, Annick again introduces us to a world of decorated tables. This book bubbles over with ideas to adorn tables and their environment for the most diverse occasions in an atmospheric, homey, snug, delicate, sometimes exuberant way with vegetative as well as floral materials. A spectrum of tips to turn every occasion into a fantastic party.
The Art of Wearable Flowers reveals the secrets to creating gorgeous
floral accessories that you can wear.
Contemporary floral design thrills, amazes and delights. It can raise questions, confuse, and overwhelm, and at the same time it inspires and motivates. The International Floral Art series is testimony to the fantastic things that can be achieved with flowers. It is state of the art floral design, showcasing endless possibilities, introducing new materials and unconventional techniques and above all celebrating creativity, innovation and fresh ideas. Packed with artful and inventive new designs and showcasing many contemporary styles and techniques, this is a must-have for anyone interested in floral art, from those with fingers itching to create, to those who just want to stand back and admire the incredible talents of others.
Gary Kwok is the founder of Gary K Limited. Within the competitive floral arena of Hong Kong her brand is synonymous with excellence, superior craftsmanship, attention to detail and exquisite tailor-made design. With her exceptional success in floral art Gary Kwok has made a quick ascent towards leadership and has become the most applauded company in event decoration and weddings of prestige and elegance in Hong Kong. Whatever the client's wishes or the occasion Gary Kwok and her team deliver bespoke floral creations from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Sublime beauty expressed in the language of flowers. Gary's floral design demonstrates a new use of form, colour and texture, which compliment and integrate both the flowers and the vase, creating a clean and modern look. A style that also caught the attention of Mr Giorgio Armani who invited Gary Kwok to form a partnership, which resulted in the Armani Fiori HK brand in 2002. This book is an anthology of Gary Kwok's most impressive accomplishments in floral design.
Part guide for the aspiring home florist, part ode to rural interiors and buildings, A Tree in the House celebrates the art of arranging flowers for celebrations big, small and in-between held throughout the year.
The book provides ideas and instructions for celebratory botanical installations and arrangements, covering beautiful, seasonal bouquets, flowers for friends, table and overhead arrangements and flower arrangements for special occasions. The instructions are wonderfully simple and cover everything from the perfect flower-to-vase proportions to how to create an overhead floral installation, and the book particularly focuses on foraged and locally and seasonally grown plants. All the floral arrangements are as zero waste as possible, and include tips like how to transport flowers in vases (instead of plastic) with no water spills, and how to create a structured arrangement without floral foam.
A Tree in The House celebrates the simple, natural beauty that flowers bring to the home, with flower arranging that is in sync with nature.
Make Your Own Unique, Whimsical Gifts and Treats Inspired by Nature's Beauty! Everyone could add a bit of brightness to their daily life. This book will teach you how to make a wide range of floral crafts, and help you truly connect to nature and the magical woodlands. The crafts are organized seasonally, so you can happily craft all year round and always have gifts at the ready. Beginning with lovely spring crafts using bright, beautiful flowers, summer crafts aimed more at weddings, celebrations, and festivals, such as dried flower button holes and pressed flower nail art. In autumn we move to more cozy self-care crafts like bath salts and candles, and winter includes crafts that are handmade gift ideas such as pressed flower cards and ornaments. Crafts include: Crystallized edible flowers to top cakes and cupcakes Botanical wax sachets to keep your closet freshly scented Pink rose petal bath bombs Beautiful botanical frames Flower-infused cookies and chocolates
Learn the basics every budding florist should know and fill your house with flowers! Rowan Blossom's debut book, Living with Flowers, is perfect for those who want to bring seasonal blooms into their home. Rowan Blossom is a Notting Hill-based florist who specialises in wild and natural creations using seasonal blooms. In her new book, Rowan draws from her experiences working with Bloom & Wild, Elle and Matthew Williamson to spruce up your interiors with beautiful bouquets. Create 25 of Rowan's favourite floral masterpieces for every occasion, from tokens to the grandest of statements. Learn how to make a floral chandelier or hang a curtain of flowers, fashion a festival crown or tie a simple bouquet. Rowan's love of everything bohemian, vintage and natural makes this the perfect book for first-time flower-arrangers and anyone who wants to bring flowers into their home.
In this book you will find garlands, circles and wreaths for all seasons and occasions - weddings, Valentine's Day, Christmas and more. There are beautiful designs ranging from the very simple to more elaborate creations - make a green and white fruit blossom wreath to celebrate the arrival of spring, a sunflower swag to remind you of long summer days, a traditional harvest swag for autumn, and a bay and orange swag as a winter mantelpiece decoration. Basic wiring and taping methods are described and illustrated step by step.Whatever the season, this stimulating project book has something to make every occasion special.
Forcing flowers to stand up and do tricks is the old way of flower bouquets. That called for flying in blossoms from around the world. The new way is so much more DIY and all about what's happening in the garden right now--no matter the season. "Petal & Twig" is full of photographs and descriptions of wonderfully fresh combinations from garden-expert Valerie Easton's own garden. With an inviting and personal tone, Easton shows how to assemble floral combinations for color, for fragrance, to express the essence of the season, for the dinner table, for the kitchen, for the bookshelf. Inspiration, experimentation, and simple pleasure are the keys to the new bouquets.
Everlastings is a celebration of the life of flowers, showcasing the ethereal beauty of dried flowers. Bex Partridge takes you on a journey, starting with practical advice on how to pick flowers both at your home and outdoors, with in-depth descriptions of the many methods of drying blooms, seed heads and foliage, before sharing her favourite ways to style with dried flowers in the home as well as wearable items such as floral crowns and hair clips. The main section of the book features over 20 projects to try at home, all accompanied with beautiful photography. Suitable for both those that have never worked with dried flowers before and the seasoned professionals, the projects span many levels of experience. Bex shares ideas on how to capture the memories and moments of special days, through the gathering and preserving of flowers, to be treasured for years to come. She also shares her knowledge of the ecological benefits of dried flowers, as well as chapters on foraging and thoughts on the meditative benefits of working with dried flowers. Filled with stunning imagery that Bex has become known for online, Everlastings presents a modern take on an age-old craft.
In Full Flower is a compilation of a new wave in contemporary floral design, featuring artists who combine traditional techniques with an organic, free-form, back-to-nature style. The opposite of buttoned-up and manicured arrangements, this survey includes over twenty of the most celebrated and influential artists across the United States who are rewriting the rules of floral design. Gorgeous photographs depict the artists process as well as final designs, captured both as still life s and environments. In addition, the wanderlust-inducing gardens and inspired interiors exhibit both rustic and urban eco-chic simple luxury living embodied by these artists that all homeowners will appreciate. With over 300 original colour images and short writing on each artists inspirations and philosophies, this spectacularly inspiring floral survey will be treasured by lovers of beautiful flowers and interiors alike.
Swedish master florist Per Benjamin won the Swedish championship in 1997, the Scandinavian championship in 2000 and became world champion in floristry in spring 2002. According to Per, floral art is all about emotions. Bringing flowers to the people is translating and communicating emotions, is showing them that the future has always something good and beautiful to offer. In this book he shares his personal ideas about flowers and creativity. His unstoppable curiosity is his driving force and allows him to find new materials as well as new ways to use the old ones. Per Benjamin is without a doubt one of the greatest 'technicians' in the world of floristry. In this book he shows a wide range of arrangements, from the well known playful and colourful, almost kitschy pieces to the more natural transparent, discrete ones. However, they always manage quite easily to draw one's attention in an elegant, charming way. This updated and revised edition of his very successful monograph Elements (2004) demonstrates how his pieces have stood the test of time and are still very fresh and relevant. Text in English and Dutch.
Church Flowers by Judith Blacklock is the essential guide to arranging flowers in Church. Printed in full color throughout, the book contains step-by-step instructions on creating perfect large-scale mechanics. The book also demonstrates how to design beautiful floral arrangements for Weddings.
The slow food movement (with its hundreds of thousands of members and supporters) has changed our relationship with the foods in our lives. Now the slow flower movement is changing the way we think about cut flowers: Yes, we'd all prefer fresh, fragrant flowers in our bouquets, not the chemical-laden lifeless blooms flown in from afar - but what to do in those seasons when not much is growing locally? Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a beautiful, locally-grown bouquet for each of 52 weeks of one year (going beyond flowers to include ornamental twigs, foliage, greenhouse plants, dried pods, and more), to demonstrate that all four seasons have their own botanical character to be celebrated. She provides extensive design tips, bouquet "recipes" and region-by-region floral ingredient lists that can be found in all climate zones through the year. Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer's point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what's at hand, no matter the season. The Garden Writers Association has recognized Slow Flowers with a 2014 Silver Award of Achievement
Russian Sergey Karpunin is a man of many talents. His floral art collected in this first monograph ranges from traditional designs, to refined symmetric arrangements and floral Pop Art. Schooled and proficient in both Ikebana, the minimalist Eastern and classic Western style of arranging, his signature style is technical but never dull or sterile. Karpunin is a prominent figure on the forefront of Russian floristry. As an advisor and referee for many Russian and European floral competitions he influences a whole new generation of budding florists. Sergey Karpunin's outstanding designs in Stichting Kunstboek's International Floral Art 2010/2011, deservedly won him the first prize in the book. Reason enough to put this colourful person and his eclectic body of works in the limelight.
Moving far beyond the standard dried-flower display, this book presents a veritable harvest of innovative ideas. From the simplest lavender- and rosebud-filled terracotta pot to breathtaking structures of lichen, leaves and twigs, there are projects here to suit both every taste - and every level of ability. Illustrated with over 500 photographs, this book is highly practical, with 140 projects explained through step-by-step instructions and visual examples. Details of basic techniques, materials and tools are included, as well as advice on preserving the finished work. Within these pages are all you need to create original displays for every occasion.
'Ikebana Ohara: A Song of Flowers' consists of two parts. The first part of this book acts as an introductory course to the different levels in Ohara, the second part of the book is a collection of Van den heuvel Janssens' most cherished works and highlights of her career. An absolute must have for the Ikebana lover and an inspirational treasure trove for every Ohara student, teacher or admirer. To deepen her knowledge of the art Godelieve Van den heuvel Janssen undertook many study trips to Japan, where she took several master classes. She is vice president and founding member of the Ohara Chapter Belgium and Ikebana International Belgium. She organised and participated in a number of expositions both national and international and frequently gives workshops in Japan, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Godelieve has been an Ikebana teacher since 1979 (Sesshu) and became Ohara master in 1990.
In an invitation to expand and liberate your creative voice in floral design, Jenny Thomasson (AIFD, PFCI, EMC) generously unfolds her artistic process that has made her a rising star in the industry through 40+ beautifully shot compositions. The delicacy, intensity, and cyclical temporality of flowers mirror our deepest emotions-making them a potent source of inspiration and innovation. In over 200 lustrous color photos, Thomasson shares how she uses emotion to push the boundaries of contemporary floral design. Infused with hand-drawn conceptual sketches and notes, and incorporating a wide breadth of techniques, forms, and materials, this warmly personal guide offers an intimate insight into the evolution of a professional floral arrangement. Perishable Poetics is a beautifully photographed artwork as well as a radiant, invaluable creative resource for those who work in, are inspired by, or are finding their voice in floral design.
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