Ikebana, Sogetsu, and Asian Flower Arrangements
I love it when I get an order that says “be creative and go all out” . What an opportunity to work magic with flowers, greenery, and containers. A lot of my inspiration comes from nature and the Ikebana , or zen flower design.
My Design Philosophy
My goal is to style an arrangement that reflects nature and the message you want to convey to the recipient. Ikebana is often regarded as a type of meditation, as silence is generally mandatory throughout the process. During this time, I reflect on my connection to and relationship with nature and your message – gaining a respect and insight that is often overlooked or forgotten. It is considered a spiritual practice in which the artist connects with nature and the earth, as well as with themselves. Since Vickies Flowers is an independent florist we have the freedom to leave the ordinary “cookie cutter” arrangements to franchises and box stores and offer ikebana and creative designs translating literally to “living flowers,” Ikebana is an ancient and magnificent Japanese floral arrangement technique. With many people becoming more aware of “zen” lifestyles, like incorporating yoga or meditation into their daily routines, or going green, the collective consciousness is also developing a heightened appreciation for Ikebana style floral designs.
There is far more depth to Ikebana than simply placing flowers in a vase or container. It is an art, and a respected discipline that merges nature and humanity in perfect harmony. Interestingly, this art form places the focal point of the design on alternative plant parts, such as the leaves or stems, rather than the blooms, as is often found in traditional floral arranging. As with many artistic styles, Ikebana also places emphasis on geometrical aesthetics, such as lines, shapes, patterns and curves.
Although there are a specific set of rules that are followed when assembling an Ikebana style bouquet, the creator manages to convey their intentions through the arrangement’s use of color, patterns, natural form, and more.
Typically very simplistic, these types of designs generally begin with the focal point: the container. Built upon it is an assortment of flowers, twigs, stems, or leaves assembled in a scalene triangle type of shape, which symbolizes the unity of three main points. Some believe these points symbolize planetary unity, such as the earth, sun and moon, and others employ heaven, earth and humanistic symbolism.
With such an inspiring history, it is no wonder Ikebana is becoming an expression of art that many appreciate and seek to share with others.