In order to hold flowers in a container, we use floral foam (also known as "Oasis") for European (or American) arrangement and Kenzan (frog pin or needlepoint holder) for Japanese Ikebana arrangement. Where should they be placed in a container ? For most ordinary arrangements, they should be placed in the center of container. However if the type of arrangement is asymmetrical design, Oasis or Kenzan is usually placed at the end (or close to the end) of a container.
Suppose the type of design is what is called L shaped arrangement which can be found not only in Ikebana but also in European design, this flower holder in this case cannot be placed in the center of a container. Instead it is often put in the left end (or left side) of a container. The photo in this page shows a typical L shaped arrangement. As you can easily find, the majority of flower stems are located in the left side of a container. Therefore Oasis should be placed in the left side (rather than exactly center) to hold flowers. In short, the location of flower holder (Kenzan or Oasia) should be placed in the most appropriate place of a container considering where the majority of flower stems are located. (Appropriate analog judgement is required).
In Ikebana arrangement, there are lots of asymmetrical designs. If the most flower quantities are located at either side of a container, Kenzan needs to be put at the same side to hold flower stems. California Flower Art Academy
teaches various types of floral designs from Japanese Ikebana to European arrangements, symmetrical to asymmetrical designs, easy to difficult ones AND wedding to funeral decorations. In order to comply with a variety of requirements from students, California Flower Art Academy offers a Wide Range of Programs
from which you can choose your most favorite course depending on your taste, budget and purpose of learning floral arrangement.
If you have no experience at all in floral arrangement, we recommend following programs that offered every week not only on weekdays but also on the weekend (Weekend Class
). For those who cannot spare time during a daytime, we offer Evening Class
A. European arrangement:
B. Japanese traditional floral art;
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