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A master guide to the art of floral design
Jong-Stout, Alisa A. de.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2002.
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230 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
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SB449 .J66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Now available in paperback, A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design is a fresh approach to an ancient art. Exquisite photography and illustrations join with a unique, comprehensive theory to reveal the beauty of flowers and their role as teachers of floral design. Practical, hands-on information about color, the science of lighting, floral care, containers, construction, and alternative techniques complements the concept. A wide-ranging photo gallery provides stunning examples of floral designs, from Continental to Asian to contemporary in spirit, and demonstrates great ideas for casual living, parties, and weddings. A visual delight grounded in practical understanding, this book is directed toward the advanced practitioner but is equally accessible to the floral designer who is just beginning.

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An obvious love of the subject infuses de Jong-Stout's writing as she describes how shapes, forms, patterns, and textures found in the plant world reveal the key elements one calls upon when designing floral art. Opening chapters in this engaging manual of flower arranging expand upon the fundamental concepts and principles that guide all art making and design projects, and summarize the history of floral art. Compelling photographs and appealing drawings accompany instructive text that expands on an aesthetic approach to the finer points of composition. How-to guidance clarifies the mechanics of creating various bouquets, and a stunning array of contemporary arrangements from the simple elegance of a single stem perfectly paired with a vase to lavish centerpieces and Eastern-inspired associations of plant material. --Alice Joyce

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Nature's Designs
The Flower: A Source of Inspiration and Teacher of Design Nature's
Basic Rules on the Art of Design
Nature's Principles of Design and Art
Nature's Designs for Flowers and Leaves
Chapter 2 The Art of Composition
Concepts: Art and Floral Design Contemporary
Floral Design: Botanical to Abstract
Effects of Color and Light
Considering the Container
Chapter 3 Working with Flowers
Floral Care Construction: Materials and Techniques
Plants and Bulbs in Floral Design
Design: Materials and Techniques
Photograph Gallery of Floral Design
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