Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

New Arrangements from Old Materials

New Arrangements Old Materials

New arrangements do not always mean new materials to work with. This is one of the important things I learned when I started learning Ikebana. Some people think that Ikebana is an expensive hobby because you always need to have fresh flowers and leaves. But in reality, the Japanese flower art also teaches us to create new arrangements out of used or old materials. A few weeks ago, I got.. Read More

Pastel Colors and Branches

Pastel colors always give me a hint that spring is just around the corner. Flowers here and there start to bloom welcoming the warm sunshine and nice cool air. Different shades of pink and yellow blend nicely with the fresh greens and bright whites. Since the first week of February, our Ikebana class receive a lot of flowers in pastel colors. We also get a handful of branches to match with… Read More

Heaven and Earth Seen Through Ikebana

During our last week’s Ikebana class, I was fortunate to have very interesting materials to work on –  some branches with small red fruits, ti leaves, day lilies, white chrysanthemums, and red cockscomb. Combining these materials with my ceramic vase designed with mountains, I tried to create an image which I usually use in traditional Chinese and Japanese paintings. The branches serves as  the trees found in the mountains; white.. Read More

Flower Talks: Let the Plants Speak to You

My mom used to do flower talks while watering the plants in our garden. It is not always a literal chat with her plants. Most of the time, she just examine her plants and rearranging the pots for those who need more sunshine. Maybe that is where I learned how to observe plants in my own special way. For my past few arrangements, I had a great time and experience.. Read More

Creating a Happy Place through Ikebana

They say that Ikebana is slowly dying in Japan since most of the younger Japanese ladies do not have time or interest to learn about it. But I also notice that a lot of people outside Japan are increasing. This means that although it might be gone soon in the country where it originated, Ikebana will continue to strengthen and expand globally. However, it also puzzles me where to draw.. Read More