Keiko's Ikebana: A Contemporary Approach to the Traditional Japanese Art of Flower Arranging
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Keiko's unique approach to ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, combines traditional techniques with modern tastes. Her influences—which range from sculpture to today's Western floral design—come together to create one-of-a-kind arrangements that are authentic and eye-catching, simple and graceful, and possible for anyone to achieve.
This book presents step-by-step instructions for creating 20 stunning ikebana arrangements in a range of sizes and styles. Each of the flower arrangements can be completed in just three simple steps and uses easy-to-find floral materials and containers. The book also includes an introduction to the history of ikebana as it relates to Japan and Japanese culture, as well as a guide to the basic rules of ikebana design and floral techniques. Suggestions for finding and choosing materials and supplies make it easy to to learn how to arrange flowers and gain a hands-on appreciation of the art of Japanese flower arranging.
group of lines, for instance, may act primarily as a line element but additionally give depth to the form as a volume element. Similarly, a distinctive group of flowers can act as both the accent and volume elements. Nageire Style As mentioned previously, nageire is another common style of ikebana practiced today. For this style, we use an upright vase and support techniques other than the kenzan. (These are introduced in the support section of chapter 1.) It is important for you to
arrangement the lines are placed rather flat, like the shape of a fan, so I add the baby's breath in the shape of a ball to create depth. STEP 3: ADD THE ACCENT The violet flowers (Aster Matsumoto) were added as the accent. This is a small flower, but it has strong complementary colors (violet/yellow) in each flower. The colors of these flowers become the accent in this arrangement. Two Elements of Ikebana Composition-Ball Form STEP 1: CONSTRUCT THE VOLUME Baby's breath creates the
chrysanthemum are placed in two roughly equal halves in a ball form. Summary I hope that these examples of the moribana and nageire styles have helped you to understand how each style was created using the basic design elements of line, volume, and accent. Please try to create your own ikebana once you're confident that you grasp the basic elements and techniques. Sometimes I'll sketch out my rough ideas before making ikebana. Other times I'll listen to music while making an arrangement to
of a strong horizontal line. It lends a quality of stillness to the arrangement. • You can also add more complicated lines and effects by mixing different lines in one ikebana form. This arrangement combines multiple types of lines. Two kinds of lines (straight lines of horsetail and natural lines of curly willow) are used in one arrangement. • The use of geometric lines, including radiating or triangular lines, gives balanced weight to the form. This arrangement is an example of using
lines adds dynamic movement to the form. This arrangement is an example of the use of curved lines. The variation between the large and small circular lines creates the movement. Aspidistra, curly willow, and tepe are materials that I typically use for my line construction. I generally use branches, foliage, or some flower stems for the line construction. The branch is the most commonly used material for creating lines in traditional ikebana. When choosing foliage for the line construction,