On Flowers

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On Flowers by Kathryn Kleinman and Sara Slavin is an exquisite full-color volume that celebrates the wonder and beauty of flowers. It is a book that weaves together myth, legend, history, and folklore to create a portfolio of personal visions illustrating the very special place flowers hold in our lives. In arrangements by outstanding designers and in stunning photographs, this beautiful book presents imaginative worlds created from flowers--- flowers contained in vases and wreaths, edible flowers for salads and ...
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Overview

On Flowers by Kathryn Kleinman and Sara Slavin is an exquisite full-color volume that celebrates the wonder and beauty of flowers. It is a book that weaves together myth, legend, history, and folklore to create a portfolio of personal visions illustrating the very special place flowers hold in our lives. In arrangements by outstanding designers and in stunning photographs, this beautiful book presents imaginative worlds created from flowers--- flowers contained in vases and wreaths, edible flowers for salads and garnishes, and fantasy designs of flowers as clothing and art. A lyrical text explores the significance of flowers in literature, poetry, and everyday life, as well as practical information on the styling, handling, and care of flowers. Twenty delicious recipes such as Scented Geranium Muffins and Pasta with Wild Onion Flowers create surprising new possibilities for flowers. On Flowers is a stunningly original work, one that is sure to be a superb sourcebook for arrangers, stylists, and decorators simply a focus of delight for anyone who loves the splendor of nature's most colorful creations.

Now available in paperback, this new edition of one of the most exquisite books of flower photography ever published is as enchanting and inspiring as the original. From lavish, full-blown bouquets to single delicate blossoms, the subtlety of floral form and color is portrayed in page after page of breathtaking photographs. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A little book in a large format, this collects bits of folklore, information, and inspiration about flowers, as well as many full-color photographs of flower arrangements. It is organized loosely by theme, including general information, literary lore, types of flowers and their ornamental uses, flower receptacles and recipes. What human hands have wrought on flowers interests the collaborators more than flowers do. As a result, their production is lyrical but mannered, and steeped in Victoriana: in one photograph, an angelic child rapturously clasps a bouquet; in another, a nosegay rests on a prim mound of lacy pillows. Some pictures are immaculately staged, others are mawkish. The text includes a smattering of quotations (Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson); facts (the plan for Marie Antoinette's hoped-for escape from prison was communicated to her in a message sent concealed in a carnation); old wives' tales (to deepen the color of blue hydrangeas, bury nails near them); and flower recipes, such as one for nasturtium pizza. Less a practical guide than an esthetic one, the book will appeal to some tastes and annoy others. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765525451
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 159

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