I am always intrigued when I see creative artistic expression in forms that are unfamiliar to me. Last week, I was browsing Pinterest and happened across a series of flower arrangements in the Japanese style of Ikebana.
Ikebana dates back centuries in Japan. This is the meditative art of arranging the stems into an asymmetrical floral sculpture. Density, line, color and flow are elements to consider when creating a harmonious Ikebana arrangement.
I find ikebana so beautiful because of its minimalist and sculptural aesthetic. I collected a bunch of botanicals and tried them this week, and I’m delighted with the results.
The kenzan is the key to the ikebana arrangement, a metal flower tool that is weighted and spiked and is available in a variety of sizes. The flower stalks sit on top of the spikes and are submerged in water inside the kenzan pot.
i bought This is black Kenzan On Amazon, you can find them there, or online at various flower sources.
I rarely buy a mixed bouquet of flowers from the grocery store, but mixed bouquets are perfect for this type of arrangement. I bought my bouquet of seasonal fall colors at Trader Joe’s.
To create an ikebana arrangement you will need a variety of flowers and branches, a kenzan, a pot to sit on, and scissors to cut the stems.
I arranged the bouquets purchased from Trader Joes inside a ceramic pot glazed in matte black that I made in my pottery studio. I created this simple sculpture using fall foliage.
I’ve found that removing most of the leaves creates more negative space and allows permanent flower focus while moving the stems and branches. Not bad for my first attempt!
Below are a few more examples of Ikebana flower designs, note the use of color, movement and negative space in each.
I said more this book In my collection, it guided me in creating my first arrangement and I will use it to create more as the seasons change.