Acclaimed florists Per Benjamin (SE) and Max van de Sluis (NL) share their extensive knowledge in the field of floral art in this voluminous recipe book. Step by step they create bouquets, table decorations, arrangements with cut flowers and plants, wedding flowers, sympathy pieces, festive Christmas decorations and other impressive designs for the home. This book compiles all eight volumes of the popular (and sold out) series Creativity with Flowers. It covers a nice mix of commercial and artistic designs and caters both to the hobbyist and the professional. In addition to the hundreds of arrangements, both florists graciously grant us a peek behind the scenes, they explain their way of working, sources of inspiration, thought process and creativity to encourage the reader to do more than merely copy their arrangements. The ultimate goal of this book is not only to provide the necessary tools and techniques, but also to give florists the confidence to develop into artists with a personal style and a unique artistic personality.
In Transparencies, transparency – in the broadest sense of the word – is the key concept. Mit Ingelaere approaches this theme from four different angles.
The first section focuses on the transparency of the natural elements she uses in her arrangements. Their transparency can be inherent, but is sometimes also created by their place in a work. The second section focuses on the transparency of the containers in which her works are presented. Glass is of course the most obvious: it is in itself a translucent element. But Plexiglas is also discussed, because it conducts light and colour. In the third part, Mit invites eleven international friends to express their views on transparency. We are introduced to works from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan. In part four she creates her works in harmony with some pieces of glass art. The Design Museum Ghent made its collection available for this purpose and several big names collaborated, including Menno Jonker, Inge Panneels, Peter Bremers, Jan-Willem van Zijst and Koen Vanderstukken.