Line arrangement using thin & curly twigs

The majority of European floral arrangements are made with symmetric designing concept. Even if it is not strictly symmetric, most of them are usually well balanced. In terms of difficulties for making arrangement, symmetric designs are usually considered easier than asymmetric ones.
When it comes to Japanese traditional floral art called Ikebana, we can often find asymmetric arrangements. Due to the fact that many of Ikebana arrangements use curly thin branches such as curly willow or grape vines PLUS asymmetric designs are often done, Ikebana floral artists are usually required to have a high level of flower arranging skills.

In addition to what is mentioned above, Ikebana arrangement uses different kinds of tools like Kenzan (frog: needlepoint holder to hold flowers and tree branches), Suiban (flat and shallow type of container) and also special vase made of large bamboo tubes. This makes Ikebana arrangements a little bit difficult compared with European or American floral designs.

Especially when using thin curly willows, very detail-oriented and delicate way of decoration is needed. As many of fresh materials are used for focal elements which consist of line arrangement, making Ikebana designs are often difficult for entry level of students.

Generally speaking mass arrangements are less common when it comes to Ikebana. This is another point which is quite different from European floral arrangements. In short Ikebana arrangement is usually done with the concept of respecting the beauty of each element rather than the beauty of whole decoration.

If you have never experienced or seen Ikebana arrangements, it is recommended for you to appreciate Ikebana designs from the view point of emphasizing the beauty of individual fresh element. It may sound a little bit difficult to understand what this means only from the text of this article. For your easy understanding the picture of typical Ikebana arrangements is uploaded in this page, which will greatly help you understand what kind of feature Ikebana arrangement has.
After reading this article, I hope you now have a better understanding about Ikebana in which you MAY be more interested than before. In the San Francisco Bay Area (Burlingame, San Mateo County) and Silicon Valley (San Jose in Santa Clara County), we offer classes of Ikebana arrangement. If you would like to experience Ikebana arrangement or want to learn Ikebana, why not join under mentioned program ?

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