Ikebana Unbound: A Modern Approach to the Ancient Japanese Art of Flower Arranging
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By Amanda Luu and Ivanka Matsuba of Studio Mondine
Studio Mondine is a floral design studio based in foggy San Francisco, California. They seek to balance the lushness of English garden arrangements with the precision of Japanese ikebana in their work. They look to nature and the changing of the seasons to inform their designs.
Ikebana Unbound comprises an abundance of gorgeous photographs and on-the-job tips and tricks that help you engage with the ideas central to modern ikebana using the ingredients available to you.
At its heart, the Japanese art of ikebana is about celebrating an intimate connection with nature. To practice ikebana is to find inspiration in the seasons, favor unassuming blooms and branches, seek balance and simplicity, and remain fully present in the moment. It is a beautiful, pure antidote to our age of distraction and excess. Honoring the lineage of ikebana while making the art their own, Studio Mondine explores new ways to tell stories with flowers. The book offers step-by-step instructions for dozens of stunning, seasonal arrangements, while in the process introducing readers to the themes and stylistic signatures of the art.