If you are engaged in designing European or American style floral arrangements and looking for something new in terms of the way of designs, tools used for arrangements and also concept behind decorations, it MAY be a good idea for your to learn Ikebana that is one of very traditional Japanese arts.
While European (or American) floral arrangements features flowers and flower petals themselves in their designs, Ikebana often features other elements such as green leaves, twigs or curly willows in order to offer the beauty of graceful linear curve.
In a sense, Ikebana style of flower arranging uses the methodology of line flowers rather than mass flowers. The common way of European (or American style of) floral arrangement) uses floral foams well-known as "Oasis" and also regular vases, Ikebana arrangement is done using what is called "Kenzan" (frog: needlepoint holder to hold flowers) and "Suiban"
(shallow type container in which Kenzan can be easily placed). Namely when it comes to Ikebana, not only the materials for design elements, but also the type of tools (or utensils) used for arrangement is quite different. This is outstanding difference we can find in addition to the way of making arrangements and decorations.
Learning Ikebana and also earning typical Ikebana arrangement can greatly contribute to approaching to floral art from a totally different angle. And this will definitely help you create quite unique and creative floral designs. Some people are enjoying new concept of designs by way of blending European (or American) designs and Japanese traditional decorations.
If you already have some skills of European (or American) floral arrangements and have interest in challenging a "new" type of floral art, we are more than happy to help you earn creative designs.
We offer entry level of Ikebana programs that are very affordable as introduced below:
A. Ikebana Short Seminar Program
B. Ikebana Arrangement Elementary Course
For more details, feel free to contact California Flower Art Academy (firstname.lastname@example.org).