These photos show what is called "Moribana" arrangement that is a very popular Ikebana designing method. These arrangements were designed and made by our students at the classroom during a real Ikebana lesson at California Flower Art Academy.
We have been teaching European arrangement and Japanese Ikebana as well since 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Among those who learn Ikebana at our school, we find some people already have a certain level of American floral arrangement. They know that by learning Ikebana in addition to western style floral designs (such as European or American arrangement) they can create a new type of floral decoration.
Unless they are familiar with European and Japanese floral art, they cannot have this kind of idea. When they learn Ikebana, they usually start from what is called "Moribana" design that is a very popular way of Ikebana arranging. For Moribana, we usually use Kenzan
(frog pin: needlepoint holder to hold flowers) instead of regular floral foam and also Suiban
(shallow type container in which we can easily place Kenzan). Kenzan and Suiban are mandatory items when making Ikebana arrangement although these two items are not used when making "Nageire" design which is another popular way of Ikebana arrangement.
Quite frankly Nageire does not use Kenzan and Suiban because when doing Nageire design, we use a simple stopper and holder made of narrow branch that consists of one of elements (instead of Kenzan) and holder also manually made from the same material (These items must be made by Ikebana artist during a process of arrangement). The said stopper and holder are used for firmly holding/keeping flowers (or other elements) in the right position inside the vase.Due to this way of arrangement, Nageire is more difficult than Moribana.
You MAY find the difference from the internet photos of MORIBANA
View these two pages carefully and make a precise comparison between Moribana and Nageire from the photos. If you are interested in trying Ikebana arrangement, why not sign up for Ikebana Short Seminar Program
offered by California Flower Art Academy. Our Ikebana instructor (Iemoto Shihan) having more than 35 year experience will teach you basic arrangement of Ikebana.
Here is a YouTube video demonstrating how to make basic Ikebana arrangement. The source of this video is Ziji Online
. Ikebana demonstration is by Eileen Kay from Sogetsu School. She demonstrates using the term of Shin, Soe and Hikae. Also visit www.ziji.com