Format: Paper | Pages: 142pp
Size: 145 × 210 mm
Inspired by the author’s passion for Chinese flower arranging, this book provides a solid introduction to the practice, as well as a comprehensive overview of its history and culture. Written in a highly accessible style and containing a wealth of visual references for students and enthusiasts, it is a must for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of this unique art form.
Li Caomu – the founder of Caomu Huadao – is a professional flower arranger and a veteran of landscape design. Born on 13th December 1981 in Quanjiao Country, Anhui Province, he is an avid fan of Chinese paintings, and has been painting for many years. After graduating from the Fine Arts Department at Wuhu Teachers College in 2002, he began to work in floral and landscape design, which gave him a solid foundation in natural aesthetics. During the course of his studies of Chinese flower art and ancient methods, he learned to incorporate best practices from both China and abroad into his work. As well as launching Caomu Huadao, he has established modern principles for flower arranging based on aesthetic theories, bringing the art of Chinese flower arranging into daily life.
Li is the author of China’s first contemporary book about flower arranging, titled “Techniques for Hand-Drawing Flower Arrangements”. He has published a wide range of papers, creating a far-reaching and lasting impact for his design concepts. He is also the author of the stage drama “Weeping Flowers”, which deals with the process of flower arranging. Setting a precedent for performances of this genre, the work covers flower arrangements that are influenced by landscape aesthetics. Such arrangements possess defining characteristics and profound meanings, as well as styles that are subtle, concise, and well-blended.
Li Caomu’s work has enabled the art of Chinese flower arranging to remain rooted in tradition while preserving its modernity.