The Japanese art of flower arranging emerged in the 6th century, with offerings left by devotees in Buddhist temples. Over time, various types of ikebana have developed, each with its own lengthy list of rules and guidelines.
Today a new generation is taking on this ancient art form, in both Japan and the West. Inspired by its philosophy and aesthetics, practitioners of modern ikebana are using this complex tradition to create original and often colourful displays.
Authors Victoria Gaiger and Tom Loxley speak with 25 artists and designers who work with flowers, from Tokyo to New York. The book explains the evolution of ikebana and includes an illustrated botanical glossary.
Victoria Gaiger + Tom Loxley, Ludion, 224 pages, ills colour & bw, 22 x 26 cm, English