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A very well written book. But in my opinion, it falls just a little short. And I will entertain that it could be what my expectations were.
Ikebana, is a very ancient art form that has been practiced in Japan, for centuries. There are many definite rules as to the placement of flowers, and other flora, as well as to the containers that are used. The authors do say up front that they really had done little studying of the art when they started. In my opinion, you have to have a pretty good understanding of the rules of something, before you start bending those rules. I will give the authors credit in that they do give a bibliography of other books for further information.
Some of the plant materials the authors use might be a little hard to obtain outside of the floral industry, and very honestly, except for a very high end shop, would be hard to get even in the industry. Although you could very easily substitute other more easily obtained products. For example, in one arrangement the authors use pea shoots. That is not a commonly available product. And very few people actually grow peas in their own gardens. However many people have flowering sweet peas in their gardens, so you could substitute those without changing the design all that much. Also though the authors do give instructions for each arrangement, I would have liked it to have pictures of each step.
So over all, this actually is a pretty good book. And as I said, where it falls just a little short, may be more about what I was expecting, or would have liked.
Informative, thoughtful and inspirational. Studio Mondine opens up the practice of Ikebana in a practical and unintimidating way. The tools and techniques are broken down step by step, flower by flower with imagery that is not only useful in following the instructions but also stunning with feelings of quiet intention.This book is both a how-to guide and beautiful, almost meditative, coffee table book. A perfect gift for someone interested in elevating their florals at home.
This book is not only visually stunning for the casual flower lover (think coffee table book) but it is deeply thought out and educational. You can tell the studio owners were very intentional about the message and the crafting of this piece of art (and every artwork contained within).