Flowers and Ikebana

Expanding My Horizons as an Ikebanist

This month has been challenging because my training as an Ikebana sensei started. This time there are no books or styles to follow, no more stamps to secure, everything freestyle! Hence, it would be not easy to predict when I would be able to finish. Hopefully before the year ends I would be able to get my license or diploma as a fourth grade sensei or the Yonkyu Shihan title.

Being part of Ikebana groups online

As part of my preparation, I try to expand my possibilities, exposure, and knowledge related to Ikebana. Recently I joined some social networking groups like Ikebana Passion that features the works of ikebanists and florists from different countries. A weeks ago I also started managing a page “Ikebanists Worldwide”  to encourage professionals and Ikebana enthusiasts to share their passion and works. These platforms give me a chance to make new connections, know people from around the world as well as their flower arrangements. Here are some people that inspire me recently:

Thai Man Vai is a Vietnamist based in France. He manages Ikebana Passion page in facebook. photo credit: Thai Mai Van
Thai Man Vai is a Vietnamese based in France. He manages Ikebana Passion page in facebook. photo credit: Thai Mai Van
Contemporary floral design by Hideyuki Niwa, also a member of Ikebana Passion and Ikebanists Worldwide. photo credit: Hideyuki Niwa
Contemporary floral design by Hideyuki Niwa, also a member of Ikebana Passion and Ikebanists Worldwide.                                 photo credit: Hideyuki Niwa
Fall arrangement by Marivic Smith, a Filipina based in Canada. She is also a member of Ikebana Passion and Ikebanists Worldwide
Fall arrangement by Marivic Smith, a Filipina based in Canada. She is also a member of Ikebana Passion and Ikebanists Worldwide. photo credit: Marivic Smith

Attending various exhibitions

To keep me updated of latest trends and styles, I visit different exhibitions held here in Tokyo. This gives me fresh ideas and insights on how other people do their Ikebana arrangements. Visiting exhibitions also allows me to learn the principles and distinct styles of different Ikebana schools.

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Ikenobo’s 2014 Spring Exhibition held in Ginza, Tokyo

Trying new materials and styles

As for my own arrangements, I started experimenting with styles; materials; and colors. I also try to emphasize the meaning behind the arrangements for people to see without me explaining. I am also trying to strengthen my weak points like making Ikebana without a kenzan or frog (the needle holder) and bending stems.

Plum blossoms and gerberas without kenzan
Plum blossoms and gerberas without kenzan
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Tulips and lilies using three vases as one arrangement
Colors of the same hue together with a contrasting element
Colors of the same hue together with a contrasting element
Creating lines through deconstruction
Creating lines through deconstruction

 

 

 

 

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