The flower workshop Lessons in arranging blooms, branches, fruits, and foraged materials

Ariella Chezar

Book - 2016

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Berkeley : Ten Speed Press [2016]
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
245 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Main Author
Ariella Chezar (author)
Other Authors
Julie Michaels (author), Erin Kunkel (photographer)
  • The art of painterly arrangements
  • Essential techniques & tools
  • Living with flowers
  • Tonal arrangements
  • Favorite flowers
  • Branch arrangements
  • Fruits and berries
  • Handheld bouquets
  • Compotes
  • Celebrating with flowers
  • Seasonal flower guide.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Chezar follows Flowers for the Table (2002) with another lovely guide. In this volume, she and coauthor Michaels feature more than 45 arrangements, classified by season, type, function (e.g., handheld bouquets), or celebration. They are breathtaking and even more spectacular when readers realize they can duplicate them, thanks to recipe-like directions (e.g., how to make a tulip float, how to make a cascading bridal bouquet) and excellent color photographs. What cinches the accolades for the book are the upfront narratives and many sidebars. The former discuss the art of styling and necessary tools, beginning with a focus on color and leading to practical tips (e.g., detailed specifications for pruning shears and scissors). The sidebars do much of the heavy lifting, explaining how to make a mood board or edit a branch arrangement. Infused with overwhelming appreciation for nature and including quotes from others and Chezar's own poetic phrases, the book offers beauty and inspiration to flower arrangers at most levels of skill. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Bring a bit of beauty into your home with stunning floral arrangements. Designer Chezar (Flowers for the Table), and writer and editor Michaels introduce Chezar's "painterly" style. Included is advice on how to shop for flowers or forage from nature, choice of containers, lists of tools, and additional materials needed. Stylistic elements are illustrated, such as applying color themes, creative use of materials, or highlighting a particular focal point. Instruction continues via arrangement projects, which showcase color designs, featured flowers, branch and nonfloral, bouquets, compotes, and flowers for specific celebrations. Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo's The Flower Recipe Book has more illustrated step-by-step directions for the beginner. VERDICT These desirable yet both simple and complex projects are paired with stunning photography. Chezar's loose, natural arrangements are fabulous and sure to be popular. A must for flower lovers. [Page 100]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

To teach the basics of flower-arranging, Cezar (Flowers for the Table) developed a fine workshop, which she duly brings to print with help from former Boston Globe editor Michaels. This handbook offers practical guidelines alongside eye-pleasing color photographs. The lessons, beginning with color, promote Cezar's "lush, painterly style"; she uses "unusual" flowers, in season, with the goal of intensifying nature. For 45 arrangements, she outlines an appropriate season, tools such as anchors and rubber bands, ingredient flowers (along with alternatives), and clear directions. In great detail, she instructs the reader on how to arrange bouquet sizes fit for banquet and altar tables, teensy tussie-mussies of lilies of the valley, nosegays, garlands, and one square wreath with fruit. She alludes to painters such as Sargent, quotes poets such as Frost, adds fun facts (carnations come in 200 shades), and prettifies the text with metaphors (petals like "petticoats aflutter"). This essential flower-arranging guide has everything but thumb indexes. Color photos. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents a guide to to creating flower arrangements, with information on color, texture, foliage, techniques, and essential tools, and detailed instructions for specific types of arrangements for branches, flowers, and fruits.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A master floral designer who has appeared in numerous magazines, and who is known for her hands-on flower workshops at FlowerSchool New York, presents this lavishly illustrated guide to creating a vast array of floral projects, for all skill levels, that will enhance any surrounding with abundant beauty.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book provides step-by-step instructions for more than 45 stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular and equips you with the skills to customize arrangements at home. Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend's wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, The Flower Workshop allows you to create dazzling arrangements that go beyond merely pretty and into realms of the dramatic, the unexpected, and sometimes even the magical. Known for her hands-on flower workshops at FlowerSchool New York, Ariella Chezar walks you through the nuts and bolts of creating a variety of small flourishes, tonal arrangements, branch arrangements, handheld bouquets, wreaths, garlands, grand gestures, and more—all accompanied by detailed photography. Chezar offers advice and philosophy on everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design. For every occasion, from relaxed and simple to lavish and monumental, The Flower Workshop celebrates the special moments in your life with glorious, fragrant floral arrangements and enhances your surroundings with abundant beauty.