Have you ever wondered what ikebana is all about? Have you ever wanted to create your own ikebana arrangement? Now is your chance! Ikebana can be practiced “Anytime, anywhere, by anyone using any materials”. Why not bring your creativity to the next level by learning the traditional art of Japanese flower arrangement!

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging is not just about putting flowers into the vase. It has evolved from Buddhist offerings to an art/activity free from its religious origin that enriches the mind and everyday life over the centuries. Now ikebana is practiced all over the world by anyone using any local materials. Ikebana practitioners create a floral art expressing themselves by using living plants such as tree branches, leaves, stems, fruits and flowers, or sometimes even dried or painted materials. Ikebana is different from Western floral arrangement in the way ikebana uses negative/empty space. In ikebana, positive and negative space is considered equally important, just like in the Japanese calligraphy or brush painting, the blank(white) part is as important as the brush strokes themselves.

Sogetsu school of Ikebana is not the oldest but one of the largest and most popular Ikebana schools in Japan. The school was founded by late Sofu Teshigahara in 1927, and it has 60 years of history in Australia since late Norman Sparnon introduced this art form to the country. There would not be the better time to start learning Sogetsu Ikebana as there will be a large scaled 60th anniversary event including a stage performance and exhibition in Sydney inviting it’s Headmaster Akane Teshigahara from Japan in November this year.

In this workshop, Hiroko will perform an Ikebana demonstration creating a few arrangements, covering topics such as a brief history of Ikebana, design principles, combinations of materials, how to treat the materials so that they keep fresh for longer period of time

Through a hands on lesson, the students will learn How to use Scissors How to find the most beautiful aspect of each plant material How to properly cut materials according to their types How to trim off the branches to make it better suit for the arrangement How to bend materials to create beautiful lines How to properly fix the materials onto Kenzan, a needle point holder Learn the basic shapes and proportions of Ikebana

Students can take home the beautiful flowers and plants in a flower bag along with the new knowledge and practical skills acquired at this workshop. If the students wish to purchase the equipment prior to the workshop, they can place an advance order through the teacher. Contact NSCC for details.

Materials List

Flower scissors, cloths to wipe, apron is an optional. Kenzan and vases available for pre-order via the tutor. Contact NSCC for details.

Tutor: Hiroko Prado

Hiroko is an Ikebana artist and certified instructor with extensive experience. Ikebana has been her life long passion. She gained her first teaching certificate in Tokyo in 1999, and has been teaching for almond 20 years. Created an Ikebana course and taught at YWCA Hong Kong as well as Christian Dior, Mercedes Benz, Singapore National Parks in Singapore. Performed countless Ikebana demonstrations which includes the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence in Singapore, Flower Arrangement Society, Ikebana International in Singapore as well as Royal Botanic Garden and Matsuri Parramatta in Sydney. Prior to moving to Sydney, she was one of the Committee members of Singapore Sogetsu, helped organize numerous events and performed MC, commentator and translator. Currently she holds the title Sogetsu School First Grade Komon A member of Sogetsu Teachers Association Japan 1st Vice President of Ikenana International Sydney Chapter Event Manager of Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association New South Wales She wishes to share her experience and knowledge of Ikebana in Sydney as well as cultivating friendship through Ikebana!