Exploring Ikebana is het eerste boek van de wereldberoemde ikebana-kunstenaar Ilse Beunen. Gedurende haar hele carrière heeft ze zich door veel verschillende elementen laten inspireren en zoals alle kunstenaars, is Ilse Beunen voortdurend op zoek naar inspiratie om iets nieuws en vernieuwends te creëren.
Met dit boek brengt Ilse een uitgebreide introductie tot deze aloude Japanse bloemsierkunst.
The word Ikebana rings a bell for most, but not many people can define it or grasp its essence. Exploring Ikebana wants to change this. This book is a comprehensive introduction into the art and wants to unveil some of the secrecy and philosophical ideas projected into this ancient Japanese style of flower design. Exploring Ikebana is a no-nonsense but respectful approach to the art, that will demonstrate that Ikebana arrangements are achievable for all. After an introductory chapter on schools, styles, utensils, techniques and other basics; this book hands arrangements in traditional and modern styles, made with natural and contemporary materials. Every arrangement is richly illustrated with detailed step-by-step photographs of the creative process, making it easy to follow and come to a correct and enjoyable result. And in the end, enjoying the fleeting beauty of flowers to the fullest is what Ikebana is all about.
Ilse Beunen lived in Japan from 1989-2000 where she studied Japanese garden design and Ikebana. Back in Belgium, she set up her own Ikebana school in Antwerp. She is currently president of the Belgian Sogetsu Azalea Study Group, and many of her works are published in books and on social media.
Ben Huybrechts, Ilse’s husband, is a Belgian photographer specialized in Fine Art and Floral Art photography. Since a couple of years Ilse and Ben work together to immortalize the impermanent art of ikebana. As a team they give Ikebana classes and photography workshops worldwide.