When we talk with prospective students, we often find that they cannot distinguish between European floral arrangement and Ikebana. Needless to say European floral arrangement is a flower design originated and evolved in Europe (mainly in England). Ikebana is Japanese traditional floral art having a very long history. If you are a little bit familiar with flower designs, you must have some knowledge about regular floral arrangement and Ikebana.
As mentioned above, when prospective students approach our school, some people do not have any idea (or have only a little bit idea) about what European arrangement is and what Ikebana is. They cannot clearly tell us the difference between above two floral arts. Some people are totally mixed up with each other between above two kinds of floral art. Therefore from time to time, we try to clarify the difference between these two floral arrangements.
European flower arrangement is quite useful in the States for not only enjoying as a hobby but also doing floral business. However when it comes to Ikebana, the skill of making Ikebana arrangement is not widely adopted for floral business. In order to make Ikebana arrangement, we often use Kenzan
. It is a little bit difficult to use these tools compared with floral foam (Oasis)
used for European or American designs.
Furthermore even more difficult part about Ikebana is to make what is called "Nageire
" arrangement. This particular arrangement is done using a tall upright vase. Although Kenzan and Suiban are not used for this particular arrangement, it is necessary to use a crossbar, stopper or wires in order to hold flowers (or other kind of elements) in a right place inside a vase. Actually this is not only difficult but also time consuming, which is one of reasons why Ikebana skill is not so useful for doing floral business in America. Ikebana is very good for learning Japanese traditional floral art as a hobby. If a student's final goal is to offer his/her own classes for teaching Ikebana arrangement as a job, it COULD be used for "business".
Due to reasons mentioned above, students are recommended to recognize the difference between European floral designs and Ikebana arrangements before signing up for a class. California Flower Art Academy
teaches both arrangements so that we can satisfy various needs from various students. If you have no experience in floral art and want to learn it, following programs are recommended:
A. European arrangement:
B. Japanese traditional arrangement:
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