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On flowers : lessons from an accidental florist / Amy Merrick.

By: Merrick, Amy (Florist).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Artisan, [2019]Description: 227 pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781579658120; 1579658121.Subject(s): Flowers | Flower arrangementDDC classification: 745.92 Summary: Amy Merrick is a rare and special kind of artist who uses flowers to help us see the familiar in a completely new way. Her gift is to revel in the unexpected--like a sunny spring arrangement housed in a paper coffee cup--and to overturn preconceptions, whether she's transforming a bouquet of supermarket carnations into a breathtaking centerpiece or elevating wild and weedy blooms foraged from city sidewalks. She uses the beauty that is waiting to be discovered all around us--in leaves, branches, seedpods, a fallen blossom--to tell a story of time and place. Collected here is an anthology of floral inspiration, a love letter to nature by an exceptional, accidental florist.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Amy Merrick began her life on a family farm in the countryside; became a darling of the design world, working out of her small Brooklyn floral studio, arranging flowers at the Met and collaborating with brands like Kinfolk and Rifle Paper Company; then gave it all up to travel and teach her style of wild, natural flower arranging all over the world, from châteaus in France to villages in Morocco, high-rises in China to ancient temples in Kyoto. Now, in her first book, she distills all that she's experienced, teaching readers to really see the natural beauty that is all around them - whether a bunch of brightly coloured carnations from the corner bodega or a single lucky four-leaf clover - and how to use it to create simple arrangements that celebrate the unique qualities of whatever space, mood, and season they are in.

Merrick begins with a primer on flower arranging, from selecting your blooms to creating pleasing proportions, before moving into the heart of the book - five eclectic chapters that follow her personal journey: City Things, Country Things, Fancy Things, Humble Things, and Faraway Things. Each chapter features dozens of beautiful blooms, reflections on topics ranging from the exquisite pleasure of heritage roses to museums well suited for flower lovers, and tips and tricks for creating your own stunning arrangements. It all adds up to an incredibly informative, deeply personal, visually lush treasure trove of a book.

Amy Merrick is a rare and special kind of artist who uses flowers to help us see the familiar in a completely new way. Her gift is to revel in the unexpected--like a sunny spring arrangement housed in a paper coffee cup--and to overturn preconceptions, whether she's transforming a bouquet of supermarket carnations into a breathtaking centerpiece or elevating wild and weedy blooms foraged from city sidewalks. She uses the beauty that is waiting to be discovered all around us--in leaves, branches, seedpods, a fallen blossom--to tell a story of time and place. Collected here is an anthology of floral inspiration, a love letter to nature by an exceptional, accidental florist.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Merrick, a stylist turned florist, delivers an homage to all things flower-related in this opulent scrapbook-style gift book that will inspire creativity in some, and envy in others, toward the Instagram-ready lifestyle it portrays. Merrick's trendy use of unstructured, wild-looking bouquets are a key part of the book, as are her accounts how she acquired and honed her style--at Elmwood, her family's summer home in New Hampshire; by collaborating with a Japanese florist in a flower-arranging class; designing informal arrangements for small social events; and picking wildflowers in a Brooklyn parking lot. The perfectly curated evocation of another, more genteel era, through china teacups, gingham wallpaper, and ginger jars--as well as, of course, floral arrangements--should prove seductive to many readers. In one of the most memorable essays, Merrick vividly recalls describing the "smallest bedroom" (her own) where "from my pillow (with its antique, lace-trimmed case), I can watch the moon rising over the lake and see a thousand stars glow over the mountains." There is plenty of aspirational appeal to Merrick's flawless, seemingly effortless arrangements, but longtime floral enthusiasts may find a sense of the perspirational lacking from her expertly appointed guide. (Oct.)

Booklist Review

Peripatetic florist Merrick's first book a love story to flowers, and finding beauty in the humblest of places is a composite of journals, lists, practical advice, and photographs and illustrations of both plain and fancy blooms and greens. The book's seven sections how to select flowers, the story of an arrangement, in the city, in the country, fancy things, humble pleasures, and going far away mirror her lives: as a florist, as a resident of Manhattan and her family's summer home, as a traveler, and as an observer of the spectacular and the everyday. The best way to describe this very personal publishing contribution is through Merrick's own words. A miniature vase is a witty wink for a small stem. Use clippings and ask permission to be a gracious forager, she advises. At first glance, sunflowers have no secrets. Poppies are nearly narcotic in a vase. And she shares an untranslatable Japanese phrase about cherry blossoms. This is as much to be experienced as to be read.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2010 Booklist