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The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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“Bring a bit of beauty into your home with stunning floral arrangements….these desirable yet both simple and complex projects are paired with stunning photography. Chezar’s loose, natural arrangement are fabulous and sure to be popular. A must for flower lovers.”
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Offers practical guidelines alongside eye-pleasing color photographs....[An] essential flower-arranging guide."
"Ariella Chezar is a true floral icon. In The Flower Workshop, we are inspired by her love of nature and her respect for the inherent beauty of botanicals in every season. Ariella generously teaches the craft of floristry and its essential techniques, and she shows students of this book that floral arranging is a means of personal and artistic expression."
—Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet
"These days it’s very fashionable for floral designers to grow their own blooms, forage for material, and create arrangements in a loose, organic style. But Ariella has been a master of this style for decades. An innovator rather than a follower, Ariella always creates floral designs that surprise and delight."
—Kate Berry, creative director of Martha Stewart Weddings and editor-at-large of Martha Stewart Living
"Ariella has developed a new vocabulary of floral design, one based almost entirely on the natural gesture of a plant and the way it grows in the garden. She’s inspired me (and a whole school of floral design) to avoid rigid perfection, and to rely more on cultivating an artist’s intimate eye on the world of flowers."
—Stephen Orr, author of The New American Herbal
"I am constantly inspired by the beauty of Ariella’s organic, creative, and thoughtful designs. Her arrangements have a sense of elegance and a natural aesthetic. Ariella’s touch is subtle, yet always innovative, and the artistry of her work is stunning without fail."
—Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings
About the Author
ARIELLA CHEZAR is the author of Flowers for the Table and a master floral designer whose work has graced the covers and pages of Martha Stewart Living, O Magazine, Smitten, Sunset, Garden Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Domino, Real Simple, Sweet Paul, and many more. She is a teacher at FlowerSchool New York and has designed flower arrangements for the White House. Read more about her work at www.ariellaflowers.com.
JULIE MICHAELS is a former editor for the Boston Globe and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and numerous magazines.
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Ariella Chezar’s breakout book, Flowers for the Table has been a source of inspiration for me for years. This book will take its place alongside the short stack of books I regularly flip through for inspiration. Ariella’s greatest gift is her ability to brilliantly combine cultivated flowers and foraged elements from nature and then creatively reinterpret them. The result is always immensely interesting, often unexpected, yet always “retaining the allure of the wild,” as she explains.
A master of ephemeral artwork, Ariella’s lush designs and complex color palettes evoke the subtle, layered brushstrokes of watercolor paintings. Throughout the book she describes her approach to creating these “painterly” arrangements. It is Ariella’s exquisite approach to color that distinguishes her work from any other designer, and has influenced my own designs tremendously since taking her workshop in 2013.
While often mistakenly compared to the designs of Dutch Masters, her work is distinct because of her use of subtle tonal contrasts within a single color, rather than the riot of colors often depicted in the historical paintings.
As she so aptly describes in the book, with too many colors, there’s “no place for the eye to rest.” Her ability to choose a base color and then “run the scales with it” is the stuff that keeps me up late at night re-configuring my own garden (again) to make room for the special fluttery filler and lush foliage that set her designs apart.
The book shares some of the basic tenements of Ariella teaching and emphasizes seasonal flowers and working with local flower farmers throughout the text, which warms my heart.
If I had any critiques, it would be the flower farmer nerd in me wanting to know every single species, variety or cultivar of flowers featured in each and every one of her designs. The flower selection highlighted in the pages is quite literally awe inspiring and I'm hungry to track down each and every gem.
After months of waiting with eager anticipation, I devoured this book as soon as it arrived. It was such a luxury to sit and savor each and every one of Ariella's featured designs and study all the beautiful images captured by photographer Erin Kunzel.
I have since ordered copies for all of my flower friends and can't recommend this treasure of a book highly enough!
Floret Flower Farm
I have picked up a few tips and tricks here and there, and learned from working with an interior designer, however, I have not been able to master the ephemeral and soft arrangements that are very much in style now. This particular style that is full of movement is what attracted me to the book The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials by Ariella Chezar. Chezar is a celebrated flower designer whose work has been featured in many publications.
This book is a flower lover’s dream. Chezar shares her passion for flowers and has put together an inspiring volume. She frequently refers to her style as painterly, and the description fits perfectly. The book includes tips and tricks such as using the concepts of chiaroscuro and ombré to create depth and movement. There are sections that cover essential techniques, tools, and a very helpful seasonal flower guide. In addition, there are a recipes that list the precise flowers needed to replicate a particular arrangement along with detailed written instructions and stunning photographs. The recipes cover a wide range of floral arrangement styles and they will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements at home. I received a copy of the book for review purposes.