From the Publisher
"Kubo's respectful but eclectic take on tradition is refreshing. Novice practitioners will likely welcome her less-is-more philosophy, in which a minimum of materials are transformed into satisfying art forms."—Publishers Weekly
"Ikebana enthusiasts-the craft has a devoted following in North America-will find many good ideas here."—Library Journal
"Offers an introduction to this international art that is both practical and contemporary."—Garden Design
"The extraordinarily talented floral design artist, Keiko Kubo, shares her innovative ideas in [Keiko's Ikebana]. The book's content is not only inspirational but also very practical with step-by-step instructions on each design for readers."—The National Gardener
Kubo brings her skills as a sculptor, certified ikebana instructor and student of Western floral design to this introduction to the traditional Japanese art form, which includes directions for 20 arrangements. The author describes her approach to ikebana as a freestyle mix of classical principles and contemporary Western design. By playing with three main elements (line, volume and accent), Kubo says, even beginners can create a wide variety of designs that bring out the inherent beauty of flowers, leaves, branches and other natural materials. She provides a concise history of ikebana, dating to the sixth-century custom of offering flowers to Buddha; explains styles that have developed up to the present day; and discusses ikebana's close ties to Japanese architecture and culture. Kubo also gives brief but thorough descriptions of the tools and techniques readers will need to master, as well as a list of resources for supplies. Kubo's respectful but eclectic take on tradition is refreshing. Novice practitioners will likely welcome her less-is-more philosophy, in which a minimum of materials are transformed into satisfying art forms. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs by Erich Schrempp, the book is an elegant reminder of nature's subtle ability to nurture the human spirit. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Sculptor and ikebana instructor Kubo combines traditional Japanese aesthetics with Western-style floral design to create simple, pleasing arrangements for the home. In this illustrated guide, she explains basic design principles and includes step-by-step instructions for constructing 20 arrangements using materials purchased from floral shops. Ikebana enthusiasts--the craft has a devoted following in North America--will find many good ideas here. Recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.