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Living Color
Living Color
Paula Pryke, Photograph by: David Loftus
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Everybody's life is enriched by color, which both energizes and lifts the spirits. What can be a better source than the spectrum of color that flowers and foliage have to offer? In Living Color, Paula Pryke's fine-tuned sense for wild and wonderful color mixes - which has made her Britain's leading color florist at work today - is given full rein as she shows how to mix-and-match key floral palettes with exceptional skill.

Drawing on her recognized talent as a master colorist, Paula explores the impact flower color has on our living spaces and how we respond to its presence. In the chapter Inspired by Nature, she considers how color and texture in the natural world can act as your guide, while in Seasonal Color Palettes we see how our color choices shift with the seasons. In Foliage Combinations she explains how foliage can tone down or raise the temperature of a display.

Renowned for her innovative use of containers, fabric and a wide variety of food material, Paula demonstrates in the chapter on Accessory Color the imaginative role all these elements can play in floral art. In Top Twenty Colors, she shares her favorite flower colors, while Color Charts creates a directory of these colors for easy reference.

Stunningly photographed, Living Color taps into the current trend for simple flower displays that appear effortlessly modern while at the same time making a dramatic color statement. It is both a rich sourcebook of ideas for working with color and an inspirational tool that enables the amateur florist to create displays with visual impact.

Sensational Bouquets by Christian Tortu:  Arrangements by a Master Floral Designer

Sensational Bouquets
Christian Tortu
Our Price: $36.00

Lovers of design, sculpture, and gardening will all find inspiration in the gorgeously photographed Sensational Bouquets. This stunning volume showcases the talents of floral designer Christian Tortu, who has created arrangements for major fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior. Tortu's use of unusual flowers, fruits, and vases, along with his revolutionary approach to color and form, has earned him an international following.

Sensational Bouquets is divided into several thematic sections, each illustrating various elements of Tortu's creative vision. The section entitled "Genesis" showcases Tortu's flair for combining flowers in all stages of development -- delicate buds, rich, mature blossoms, and even flowers that have withered and died -- into a unified, glorious arrangement that symbolizes the eternal cycle of the plant world. In the section "Revolution," Tortu's mastery for innovative form is highlighted. Some of these designs feature blossoms floating in trays of water, while in other arrangements hundreds of tiny flowers are packed into a single vase. Other photographs display Tortu's unusual monochromatic arrangements, including a series of all-green designs -- representing the ultimate homage to nature -- and a gorgeous, if somewhat surprising, all-black design.

Sensational Bouquets is an excellent introduction to Tortu, an artist who seeks to encompass the entirety of nature in his designs. By willingly subverting the traditional color palettes and flower combinations, throwing in wild exotic plants, fruit, and weeds, Tortu has truly set himself apart as a designer who fuses the sculptural and the floral. (Julie Carr)

The Art of Floral Design. 2nd Edition
Norah T. Hunter
Our Price: $98.95

Since its first appearance, The Art of Floral Design has become the definitive standard in teaching design techniques. In-depth and illustrated in full color, it offers comprehensive information on the principles and mechanics of flower arranging, basic flower anatomy, and arrangement styles for all occasions. This well-written text combines theory and practice to familiarize readers with the basics and guide them through more advanced floral techniques. This book is sure to remain on your reference shelf throughout your career in floral design.

Flowers Rediscovered

Flowers Rediscovered
Madderlake Tom Pritchard and Billy Jarecki
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Celebrating 20 years in the business of serving an exclusive clientel that includes the White House, Madderlake is recognized as one of the country's most innovative flower shops. Their creative founders share ideas, sources and secrets to present fresh possibilities for creating and enjoying inspired flower arrangements. More than 175 full-color photographs.

Flowers, Flowers!: Inspired Arrangements for All Occasions

Flowers, Flowers!
P. Pryke and K. Summers
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This well-written and sumptuously illustrated work on the art of flower arranging offers help to the beginner and innovations for the experienced. Particularly useful are the sequences of photographs providing step-by-step instructions for creating arrangements. Separate sections deal with containers, the use of a single color range, and themes and period styles, while a gazetteer supplies the plant names, common and Latin; brief descriptions; and necessary care instructions. There are a wealth of ideas for using the common utensils and materials of everyday life, as well as those that are more exotic, to create dramatic effects. The 52 possible yellows; an arrangement using, among other items, artichokes, ginger, kohlrabi, and peppers; and the incredible edible valentine may be more than the ordinary reader aspires to, but how wonderful to see them! If your library needs a combination of the practical and the lovely, this is the book for you.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York

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