When making European (or American) floral arrangements, we use floral foam (also known as Oasis)
. Oasis looks like a sponge which has a very light weight and convenient for carrying and transportation. We can easily insert flower stems into Oasis for holding flowers in a right place. The function of Oasis is similar to that of Kenzan used for Ikebana arrangement
Talking about Kenzan, it is not only difficult but also time consuming to use Kenzan when making Ikebana arrangement. In this sense Oasis is much more useful to save time and do easy jobs. Further Oasis is not heavy at all while Kenzan is so heavy due to its material (metal).
In short, Oasis is much more convenient in terms of doing quick job, making the work easy and also light weight which makes the transportation job quite easy. Needless to say European (or American) floral arrangement using Oasis is better as a merchandise for floral business in the United States. This is the background why Ikebana is not so suitable for running a floral shop in the States.
If you are planning to learn floral designs for doing flower business in America, you should not hesitate to learn European (or American) flower arrangement rather than Ikebana. California Flower Art Academy
teaches both European floral arrangement and Japanese traditional floral art called Ikebana. Therefore we are in a position to make a fair comparison about these two types of floral designs.
The bottom line is Ikebana is good for people who like Japanese culture to learn Japanese floral art as a hobby but not recommended for doing floral business. On the other hand European floral arrangement is good not only for learning as a hobby but also for doing floral business.
If you are interested in learning floral designs, California Flower Art Academy can help. Those who have no experience in floral art, following programs are recommended:
A. European floral arrangement:
B. Japanese traditional floral art:
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