Ikebana Albums is the new picture book by Ana Kraš. A compilation of creative snapshots
“Ikebana”, the arranging of flowers as an integral part of Japanese culture, first came to my attention in a film scene from Lost in Translation, the one when Scarlett Johansson wanders through the Hotel Park Hyatt in Tokyo and discovers the kind of workshop in question through an open door.
In April of this year, I had the pleasure of trying it myself. Unusually, during a press tour with the watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet for Gallery Weekend. Luckily, however, under the instruction of Ruby of Mary Lennox – somehow the meditative effect stuck with me. Even though at the same time there was actually so much to see during this long art weekend.
Now Ana Kraš proves again how inspiring this activity is. This all-around talent, who otherwise has a penchant for furniture design (lamps and tables) can be seen in the current Space Magazine, photographed by musician Dev Hynes. I think her secret recipe lies, most of all, in being well connected.
Appropriately, her Instagram with 54k followers often functions as a good benchmark for what is happening at the moment in New York, where she lives. In the past, I’ve discovered numerous projects, labels, and other similar things there. Ana documents what she finds there. With a sharp eye and her own visual language. So it’s no wonder that Prestal Verlag is now bringing out a book with her. She decided on the title Ikebana Albums while staying in Paris.
Ana, by the way, started Ikebana Albums online 10 years ago as an art photo diary in which she photographed her environment. Accordingly, she didn’t just capture a certain aesthetic, but the photos also look as spontaneous as they were probably created. The book shows her curated selection from this (her) blog. You leaf through the photographs and recognize famous faces: Mari Guidicelli, Hailey Benton Gates, Nane Feist. The 192 pages with 180 color photographs come, therefore, with our most pronounced recommendation. Even because you have the feeling you were at her side during the last few years when these were taken.
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MOre impressiony by Ana Kras on instagram: @teget
Translation: Melissa Frost
Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.