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

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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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4 months ago

I love the thistle for the tail.

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months 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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4 months ago

Bored Panda Flower Edition

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Cath A.
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4 months 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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4 months ago (edited)

Wow! So beautiful! I love the vibrant blue color

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Desiré Yen
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4 months 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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4 months ago

i want this in my room

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Elina Kuusisto
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4 months 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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4 months ago

Adorable!

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

"Leafing" flowers.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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4 months 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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4 months ago

Wow so amazing

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Ruth Dyke
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4 months ago

Truly impressive.

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Robin Lajoie
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4 months ago

The majestic "green" sea turtle

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

A forest monster

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Spikey Bunny
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4 months ago

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

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Robin Lajoie
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4 months ago

This one just made me SMILE out loud

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Ashley Nell
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4 months ago

so pretty!!

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Tia Hansen
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4 months ago

Drama llama!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

Beautiful!!

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Tia Hansen
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4 months ago

this needs to be higher up.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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4 months ago

Beautiful!

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JK Rowling
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4 months ago

New Hollow Knight boss? Please?

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Doris Won-Lee
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4 months ago

Looks like a beautiful flames butterfly

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Faramir10
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4 months ago

I like the colors.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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4 months ago

Cute.

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

Scary. Looks like a swamp monster out of a movie

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Spikey Bunny
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4 months ago

Ooooo! So soft and pretty. Fantastic legs.

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Tia Hansen
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4 months ago

This is my favorite *0* it looks so simple but its still so beautiful *0* i love stuff this *0*

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

Ombre wings.

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

sweet

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Spikey Bunny
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4 months ago

Love the drama with the black background! Wow!!!

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Kim Bush
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4 months ago

I would love to have this

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Elina Kuusisto
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4 months ago (edited)

I love how this one makes use of the abundance of the season. More subtle but very special

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

This one makes me sad (because of the Q-tip)

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

Headdress.

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Night Owl
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4 months ago (edited)

Parts of it look like they're made of chocolate mmmmmmmmmm ___________ I'm not someone who usually eats bugs but I love chocolate so I'd make an exceptions for this one if it's with chocolate

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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4 months ago (edited)

God, pray for this mantis. Da puns.

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Hope Floats
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4 months ago

This is beautiful.. It looks so delicate, much like a butterfly's wings.. And such gorgeous colours......

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

Bee-utiful!

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the wolf den
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4 months ago

THAT LOOKS SO COOL I don’t know what it is but it’s so cool

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

Finally........A tarantula I love.

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

Looks edible, white chocolate?

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Just Carmen
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4 months ago

Dragonflies are my spirit animal.

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

Stinger.

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Mal Malis
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4 months ago

I can tell he used parts of a pansy flower. Pansies are my favorite flowers.

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Tia Hansen
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4 months ago

the camouflaged forest nope.

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LUCY BALDWIN
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4 months ago

Good use of maple seeds!

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TheCutestDeer
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4 months ago

wow

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Kim Bush
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4 months ago

This one looks like the actual insect, only in green instead of the usual shades of brown

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TheCutestDeer
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4 months ago

yum

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Hannah Grimes
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4 months ago

eek!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hannah Grimes
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look like a female by the color

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Michelle Muirhead
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4 months ago

Looks real in the setting

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Annette Christopherson
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4 months ago

Lacewing.

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Hannah Grimes
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not bad not bad

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Spikey Bunny
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4 months ago

Fantastic wings!

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