Inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—Ikebana—Montreal-based artist and photographer Raku Inoue creates colorful portraits of insects and other animals using flowers, twigs, leaves, and stems from his garden. Each and every one of them is unique as he chooses his materials according to the seasons and what nature offers during them. Scroll down with Bored Panda’s interview with an artist!

More info: Instagram | reikancreations.com

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Night Owl
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3 weeks ago

The cutest and least menacing looking tiger I ever saw (except for tiger cubs). I love it

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Ashley Nell
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3 weeks ago

ADORABLE!!!

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“It all started when one day, it was very windy and the petals of the rose bush in my backyard fell to the ground. I picked those up and made my first floral sculpture: a rose petal beetle. I found the process to be so calming and therapeutic that I made this a creative exercise that I would do in the morning while drinking coffee. With time, this became my artistic identity,” the artist told Bored Panda about how everything started. 

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glowworm2
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3 weeks ago

I love the thistle for the tail.

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Annette Christopherson
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3 weeks ago

Woodland moth.

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His ongoing art series "Natura Insects" features a menagerie of lifelike butterflies, beetles, spiders, and even owls that have been crafted from bright and detailed flower arrangements. After Inoue carefully arranges them into floral sculptures, he then photographs them against a white background for a result that looks like display cases seen in natural history museums. When asked how long it takes to make one sculpture, the artist says: “It can take 20 minutes, or it can take a few weeks. That depends on the complexity of the sculpture. For more 3D projects, I need to construct a foam core as a base structure. This takes time.”

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Da Coconut Nut
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3 weeks ago

Bored Panda Flower Edition

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Cath A.
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2 weeks ago

This is so wonderful to look at; reminds me of fallen leaves in autumn made into an abstract picture.

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While studying the art of ikebana, the artist learned to respect nature and utilize seasonal materials. For his works, he only uses materials which are most abundant rather than picking what looks most attractive. For example, after a rain, he would collect petals that had fallen to the ground rather than searching for flowers still connected to the tree or stem. “I love nature, so working with materials that represent that is pleasant and meaningful. It’s all about respecting the materials and their ephemerality. I quickly learned that nothing is forever, especially in nature.”

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Night Owl
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Wow! So beautiful! I love the vibrant blue color

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Desiré Yen
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3 weeks ago

Looks like a real insect in camouflage.

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The artist, who grew up in Japan, used to spend each summer together with his grandmother who lived in the countryside near Hiroshima. She would leave the door open to their house and welcome in dragonflies. She believed that they represented the presence of her late husband. Therefore, insects have always had a special meaning to Inoue.

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AINSLEY RADFORD
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3 weeks ago

i want this in my room

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Elina Kuusisto
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3 weeks ago

I love the flow of this one

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“My philosophy would be to take it easy and live. Being me, I tend to become obsessed at times with work and creating, but just living life is as important as learning artistic techniques,” Inoue explains his philosophy as an artist. “Don't be afraid to try new things and venture out of the comfortable zone. Only then will you find that it is possible to surpass yourself. Once this process becomes natural, you will find that evolution is constant and makes creating much more exciting!”

If you would like to see more works from this artist, you can check his previous post on Bored Panda.

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netwitch tatjana
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3 weeks ago

Adorable!

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Annette Christopherson
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3 weeks ago

"Leafing" flowers.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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3 weeks ago

If this is a humpback whale then.....*0* HECK YA! I love Humpback whales, I have no idea why. I just LOVE them!

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SilverFoX
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3 weeks ago

Wow so amazing

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Ruth Dyke
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2 weeks ago

Truly impressive.

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Robin Lajoie
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3 weeks ago

The majestic "green" sea turtle

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Night Owl
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3 weeks ago

A forest monster

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Spikey Bunny
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3 weeks ago

What kind of flower was this? It's petals are so lovely!

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Robin Lajoie
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3 weeks ago

This one just made me SMILE out loud

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Ashley Nell
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3 weeks ago

so pretty!!

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Tia Hansen
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3 weeks ago

Drama llama!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 weeks ago

Beautiful!!

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Tia Hansen
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3 weeks ago

this needs to be higher up.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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3 weeks ago

Beautiful!

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JK Rowling
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3 weeks ago

New Hollow Knight boss? Please?

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Doris Won-Lee
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3 weeks ago

Looks like a beautiful flames butterfly

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Faramir10
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3 weeks ago

I like the colors.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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3 weeks ago

Cute.

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Night Owl
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3 weeks ago

Scary. Looks like a swamp monster out of a movie

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Spikey Bunny
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3 weeks ago

Ooooo! So soft and pretty. Fantastic legs.

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