The Art of Chinese Flower Arrangement

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Shanghai Press
Hardcover, Jacketed
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over 200 color photographs
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Trim Size:
7 1/4 X 10 1/4

This colorful flower arranging book features instructions and designs from one of the world's greatest living masters.

Asian flower arranging originated in ancient China where it then spread to Japan, Korea and beyond. As influenced by the philosophy of "harmony between man and nature," Chinese flower arrangement advocates for nature to represent life, emphasizes composition to display vividness, and focuses on connotation to exhibit artistic concepts. Gradually, these become the characteristics of Chinese flower arrangement—the beauty of nature and composition which are entirely different from the beauty of western decorative styles.

This book records the origin and development of Chinese flower arrangement. Besides the principle of composition, techniques of modeling, and configuration of flowers and materials, you will also discover the methods of production and ten actual flower arrangement projects. You can either follow the lessons step by step or capture the ideas and be inspired to develop your own flower arrangement artwork.

About the Author:
Cai Zhongjuan is a professional engineer, China's national-level Flower Arrangement Master, former Vice President of China Association of Flower Arrangement Art, and first-class professor of Ikenobo School of Ikebana.

Since 1959, Cai has been the chief director of flower arrangement for the leaders of different countries visiting Shanghai and main festival projects as well as the judge for many international flower arrangement competitions. She has been organizing Flowers' Charm, the Shanghai International Flower Arrangement Art Exhibition. She has been invited to Italy and Japan for flower arrangement performances and exhibitions. Cai has more than ten publications including Chinese Art of Flower Arrangement, and Chinese and Foreign Art of Flower Arrangement Selected Works.