When city life gets too demanding, this artist meditates...by turning flowers into insects
Meet Montreal's Raku Inoue, whose floral art practice went viral
Multimedia designer Raku Inoue was tired of the precise demands of his ad agency work. So he decided to make an exercise for himself to find some creative freedom. What he devised was ambitious: to make intricate insects out of flora he finds in his Montreal garden. Through this process, Inoue is able to achieve a more spontaneous state of mind while respecting nature.
- JET AGEFor this floral artist, creating beautiful work anyone can connect to 'almost feels a bit radical'
The results — tiny insects made out of petals, leaves and branches — went viral when Inoue posted them online. And this series of objects have become his most in-demand work. Inoue has quickly realized that sometimes, work gets better when you're not aiming for success but trying to connect to something more essential.
In this video, you'll follow Inoue through an afternoon as he collects his materials and makes an insect, all with his dog by his side.
Follow Raku Inoue here — his winter series will begin soon.
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