Rivercities Garden Club

Meeting 3/7/10

Program - Ikebana Flower Arranging

Ikabana means flower arranging ; the literal translation is "Living Flowers" that is bringing to life an abstraction from nature.  As it comes through the human heart  flower art changes..  The history of ikebana dates back approximately 500 years ago and the history of Ikenobo  ikebana styles. The school dates its beginnings from a priest of the Rokkakudo Temple and is the oldest of the schools;  the official name is Shiun-ji or Purple Cloud Temple.  Ugetsu is a second school and is popular in the USA. 

Ikebana' basic design pattern is the scaline triangle representing heaven - man - earth. It is more than a floral art.  The triangle is the element form that  is important.   Ikebana is a spiritual journey which has deep meaning and content - that is the goal; and learning is as important as end result.

In a western arrangement - color is most importan aspect followed by form then appreciation.  In China appreciation - form - color; and Japan form - appreciation - color. The Ikebana arrangement is just not pretty.  Every element is symbolic.  Flower design is not a luxury but an necessity of life.   These flower designs contrast the positive & negative of life; Yo - male element, giver of power and life;  In the female element,  the receiver of life.


rikkka ikebana styleRIKKA Style

Arrangement made with contrasting and complementary materials expressing the beauty of a natural landscape.  The style is an upright formal arrangement initially religious floral offerings then later representing the beauty of a natural landscape.

shoka ikebana styleSHOKA Style

The new version Shoka shimputai consists of two main parts: shu the male element; yo the female element responding to each other in contrast with the third part ashirai as a finishing touch.  Senjo Ikenobo perfected the SHOKA style. This is a simple, graceful style suggesting the essential character of a plant as it grows in response to the factors in its natural environment. This style has three main branches shin, soe and tai which express life's perpetual change and renewal

modern style ikebanaMODERN Style

 Arrangement is like a symphony;    the pot the conductor, the arranger the composer. Freestyle is less formal and suited to the contemporary environment and tastes.

When doing an arrangement shin has the wide to the right and soe lookes to shin. There are two elements in front and two in back lined up "like soldiers."  Select three materials that complement each other.   Every placement stants for something.  Whenever making an arrangement don't have anything the same type.  The oriental design is always assymetrical.   When doing a grouping try to keep everything in terms of triangles and within triangles for  design.  Remember that less is more.

Spirituality and silence are essential for the practice of Ikebana.  This is a time to appreciate nature.  and a time to join with nature to permit a contemplative quietness within onself.  This is a skill which one can enjoy as long as you live


IKENOBO Headquarters

P.O. Box 31, Nakakyo

Kyoto 604-8691, Japan

Telephone: +81-75-221-2686

Facsimile: +81-75-252-1325

Website: http://www.ikenobo.jp



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