A Sweet Floral Life: Romantic Arrangements for Fresh and Sugar Flowers

Ten Speed: Crown. Apr. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781984861641. $35. CRAFTS
Instagram star Sadi, known for creating realistic sugar flowers, does not disappoint in this creative book. Part art history, this work is an experience of stimulating photography, real flowers, and ones made with sugar that can be utilized in arrangements and home decor, and on cakes. The author stresses that her work honors her African and Indonesian ancestors, who worked in the sugarcane fields of the small South American country of Suriname. Sadi’s home studio is in Amsterdam, and she gets inspiration from there as well. The book guides readers through floral arranging and creation tutorials that often have a surprise element or feature flowers that look as real as homegrown varieties. Large, beautiful photographs of flowers displayed in iconic Dutch Delftware pottery—history and maintenance instructions are provided—are exquisite features. The author does an excellent job of showcasing her many talents and interests, while providing an abundance of ideas for aspiring and experienced artists.
VERDICT A great resource for readers interested in art, crafts, and floral arrangements.
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