Since its origins in the sixth-century, ikebana has been as much a philosophy as an art, with its roots in Zen Buddhism and a reverence for nature. Over hundreds of years it has developed a complex set of unwritten rules that take a lifetime to master. But in recent years the distinctive look of ikebana – with its love of the asymmetric shapes to be found in nature and its willingness to embrace simple, natural materials – has found a new audience and opened the eyes of a generation of artists to a new way of working with flowers.
The authors Victoria Gaiger and Tom Loxley – the editors of the award-winning rakesprogress magazine, showcase the work of a selection of a new wave of floral artists – some ikebana practitioners, others who simply find influence in this ancient floral art.
It includes an introduction to the history and evolution of Japanese floral art and an illustrated glossary of flowers and plants.
224 pp, Hardcover
Published by Ludion, 2020
26.5 x 21.5 cm