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A Brilliant, Inspiring Book - Excellent for Ideas Rather Than Comprehensive Guidance
on 27 March 2017
I've just bought it based on another reviewer's comments and I feel like I've come home! Vic Brotherson's sense of style is utterly beautiful, it really takes my breath away. Her artist's eye is clearly at work, not just in the flower arrangements but in wider aspects such as the containers, accessories and settings in which the photos are taken. The book is a complete visual feast and the most inspiring one I've seen so far on floristry. I've also bought her Vintage Wedding Flowers book and it's equally stunning. Just looking at the photos is pure pleasure - I just wish I had the containers and flowers to achieve the same effects, but there are plenty of ideas that could possibly be adapted for those of us on a budget. I'm already starting to think more creatively about how I display flowers - I highly recommend this book for firing up enthusiasm and creativity. However, as other reviewers here have pointed out, there isn't much in the way of structured guidance as to how to achieve all these beautiful effects, merely some hints, tips and observations along the way.A short chapter at the end of the book covers some basic but still useful points. However, if, like me, you're a complete beginner at floristry, you'd definitely need another book to explain more fully the principles and techniques of floristry. Vic Brotherson claims not to be a 'trained' florist, but her background in working for Nikki Tibbles for 14 or so years is probably one of the best types of training you could get. If I have a criticism, it's that the author has been creating beautiful designs for many years and makes it all look so effortless - I think, though, she forgets that for many of us beginners, such artistry doesn't come naturally and more guidance in this book would have been helpful.