Ikebana


9
Apr 11

28th Ikebana Flower Show

Here are some photos from the 28th Ikebana Flower Show, hosted by Ikebana International. Different schools of ikebana — Ikenobo, Ohara, Sogetsu, Wafu, Enshu, Chiko and Aratame — represented varying arrangement styles in the San Francisco County Fair Building.

My favorites included those from Enshu andĀ  the school of which I am a member, Ikenobo. They were the most classical in style, and yet among the most extraordinary pieces in the show:

Ikenobo arrangement

Ikenobo arrangement, Rikka style

Ohara arrangement

Ohara arrangement

Ikenobo arrangement

Ikenobo arrangement: pine, iris, camellia

Enshu arrangement

Enshu arrangement: iris, quince


18
Mar 11

Bouquets to Art 2011

I love this time of year in San Francisco. The rainy season gives way to early blooms, celebrated by events like Bouquets to Art at the De Young Museum. The annual exhibition features original works from 150 local floral designers inspired by art from the museum’s collection. Here are a few pictures from the member’s night:

Bouquets to Art 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011


11
Jan 11

Ikebana

Moribana/freestyle arrangement: camellia, daffodil & rose

Moribana/freestyle arrangement: camellias, daffodils & roses

Shoka arrangement: forsythia branches and mums

Shoka arrangement: forsythia branches and mums

Straight line of stems in kenzan

Straight line of stems in kenzan

After my trip to Japan, I was inspired to try learning ikebana, the art of flower arrangement. There are a few different schools of ikebana; the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, the oldest ikebana organization in the world (nearly 550 years old!), has a location in San Francisco. Through this local branch I found a wonderful teacher named Keiko, who is teaching me the basic principles of ikebana.

So far I’ve learned both moribana/freestyle and shoka styles. It’s a relaxing and meditative process, based on principles that follow the order of nature. I’ll post more pictures from other lessons soon.


26
Apr 10

Tetsunori Kawana

Tetsunori Kawana‘s work in redefining ikebana is nothing short of ambitious, and often requires large teams of people and weeks of production. Here are some photos of his work — these and more stunning images can be found on his website.

Kawana has also been commissioned by the Mint Museum to produce a new bamboo installation forĀ Project Ten Ten Ten, which celebrates the museum’s grand opening in October.

New York Botanical Garden, 2007

New York Botanical Garden, 2007

Five Elements - Water, New Zealand, 2009

Five Elements - Water, New Zealand, 2009

Ikebana Arrangement

Airplant, succulent + lily arrangement

Sunflowers and driftwood ikebana arrangement

Sunflower + driftwood ikebana arrangement