Flowers are a staple of Mother’s Day, but before you stop by the florist for a bouquet consider giving her a true work of floral art with an ikebana arrangement. For those who don’t know, ikebana is a specific type of Japanese floral arranging that aims to bring humanity and nature together. Ikebana is an art form that is exceptionally powerful because of its impermanence.
Another idea would be to get together with mom so you can both try your hand at Ikebana inspired floral arrangements. Gather the materials beforehand, purchase some wonderful teas and spend the afternoon centreing yourselves while creating flower arrangements.
It takes years to learn and master the art of ikebana but here are a few of the basic principles and materials you will need to get started.
A few popular styles of ikebana are:
Rikka- meaning standing flowers.
Nagiere- a non structured design the often features a tight bundle of stems and an asymmetrical triangular shape.
Seika- where three main branches represent ‘ten’ heaven, ‘chi’ earth and ‘jin’ human.
Jiyuka- a free form design that often utilizes materials other than flowers.
This website gives a good overview of the various styles with pictorial examples.
Container- the container you choose should be cohesive with the type of arrangement you’re trying to create. Don’t be afraid to use an unconventional object as a vase.
Kenzan- also know as a ‘floral frog’, is a small disk with pins protruding from it that sits at the bottom of your container. It will hold the stems or branches in place which will help you achieve your desired shape for the arrangement.
Flowers, Grasses, Vines and Branches- Really any kind of plant life can be used, but some popular choices are orchids, long grasses, cherry blossoms and branches of Japanese Maple.
Small Garden Shears- a pair of small pointed garden shears will be helpful for trimming and cutting plants.
ikebana by junko
When you’re finished creating your masterpieces mom and you can exchange them so you each have a memento of the day.
Happy Friday everyone and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!