The Flower Art of Japan

Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2018-03-21
Publisher(s): Dover Publications
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This profusely illustrated book by an expert in the Japanese art of flower arrangement surveys many techniques, from ancient to modern. American writer Mary Averill (1866–1954) offers practical advice drawn from her direct experience of the importance of flowers to daily life in Japan. More than 80 drawings depict the finer details of choosing flowers, proper use of foliage, combining different varieties of flowers, and the symbolism involved.
Averill, also known as Kwashinsai Kiyokumei, was proficient in the Japanese art of ikebana and the author of Japanese Flower Arrangement Applied to Western Needs. Averill embraced all the varied schools of Japanese flower arrangement, focusing on those producing the most attractive decorative effects and those exhibiting natural taste. She provides both novices and experienced flower arrangers with an informed and accessible guide to incorporating the beauty of this timeless art form into their everyday lives.

Author Biography

American author Mary Averill (1866–1954), also known as Kwashinsai Kiyokumei, was an expert on the Japanese art of ikebana and the author of Japanese Flower Arrangement Applied to Western Needs.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
I Choice of Flowers 19
II Rules of Rhyme 25
III Forming Mental Line Pictures 37
IV Practical Suggestions 47
V One-flower Arrangements 59
VI Short-stem Flowers 67
VII Hanging and Hooked Arrangements 71
VIII Boat Arrangements 83
IX New and Old Forms of Flower Holders 105
X Arrangements in Shallow Vases 109
XI Importance of Branches 120
XII Proper Use of Foliage 141
XIII Proper Placing of Flowers 147
XIV Flower Placing in Japan 157
XV Combining Different Varieties of Flowers 167
XVI Flowers in Baskets 181
XVII Flower Preservatives 193
XVIII Proper Use of Vases197
XIX Flower Ceremony 201
XX Symbolism of Flower Arranging 209

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