My Favorite Ikebana Arrangements in 2018
This post is another post on art therapy, but it’s a bit different since I’m talking about my love and interest in ikebana. Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a dream of opening up my own flower shop. My love for nature’s beauty has always been with me, and it was always encouraged by my mother and grandmother, both of whom were masters in their own right when it came to flowers.
I decided to showcase the first half of my 2018 ikebana arrangements by dividing the year up into two parts. I’ve created well over one hundred arrangements in the past nine months. Here are some of my favorite ikebana arrangements in 2018 from January to June.
Finding forms of art to help cope with illness is terrific for your mental health and physical well-being. I hope you enjoy these and find some joy or inspiration in my post today.
Purple Vanda Mikasa orchid arrangement
My grandmother practiced the art of ikebana for many years. As President of the Garden Society in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, she was often called in to judge ikebana competitions and she worked closely with the Japanese Embassy whenever visiting delegations were in town. I like to think that I got my talent from her, and I wish that she had lived longer to see how her granddaughter is doing her best to follow in her footsteps.
My mother is still well known for her stunning gardens around our home – although these days she’d tell you they’re a mess because she never has time to care for them. What I saw this summer were still the gardens of my youth in Canada. She gave me a rich love and knowledge of gardening and learning how to work with flowers.
As a small child, I remember holding her hand and walking through the fields looking at wildflowers, and I’d listen to her ideas for what she was going to plant each year, from poppies and peonies to iris, lilacs, and all sorts of other gorgeous pleasures.
One of the best things about going home is seeing the beauty she has created with the landscape around their home.
Serene Dream – Stargazer lilies, lily leaves, and orchids.
After I got sick and realized that I was going to end up spending way more time at home than an average 43-year-old woman should, I figured it might be wise to start engaging in more meaningful activities at home, and thus my passion for ikebana and floral artistry was born.
This form of art has been in my family on my mother’s side for many years, passed down from my grandmother to my mother and finally to me. It seems fitting that I can continue in and create these arrangements, keeping true to my grandmother and my mother’s love of flowers.
I like the idea of working with living art by creating Japanese flower arrangements that change each day.
My regular readers might remember that I have a fascination for all things that are related to Japan. I’ve always loved the art and handicrafts of Japan – not the mention the food and their love of nature and quirkiness. To bring some of these ideas into my own home seemed very natural given how much appreciation I have for Japan.
Summer Lovin’ Sunflowers and pink roses.
Take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. ~Georgia O’Keeffe
Ikebana which means living flowers, is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kado, which means the way of the flowers. This is the path I’ve tried to follow in my own quest to become a better floral artist.
The tradition of creating Japanese flower arrangements dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at alters. Later, these arrangements were moved to special places in the home, usually in a tokonoma (alcove) in the home.
By the 16th century, Ikebana had reached its first peak under the influence of Buddhist tea masters. Since then it has grown over the centuries, with over 1,000 schools in Japan and abroad.
The Sword of Truth and Enlightenment with hot pink Gladiolus, lily leaves, and white chrysanthemums.
A Balancing Act – Golden Mokara orchids and blades of grass.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
Spirited Away – An ikebana arrangement that evokes the feeling of movement in the wind with allium, turmeric flowers, and globe amaranth.
The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.~Auguste Rodin
Girly Pop with mokara orchids, chrysanthemums, and lisianthus in raku pottery.I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. Click To Tweet
A Hot Mess is comprised of wang peonies and yellow freesia. This is a direct interpretation of my pain today.
To be free to paint a tree or a flower or a sunset, you have to feel what it conveys to you: the significance, the meaning of it. ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
Working with flowers and creating living art allows me to cope with my pain and it distracts me from what is happening with my body. The pain is still present, but the process of creating overrules the signals that my body is sending to my brain. This is my answer to those days of darkness and sickness and how I build on my own strength and resilience when I’m not feeling like I can move much from bed.Art is where I redirected my focus and all my attention in an effort to alleviate some of the stress and heartache I was going through with these diseases. Click To Tweet
Dancing Ladies – A spray of bright yellow oncidium orchids seem to dance in the wind.
Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.
Tower of Flowers with stargazer lilies, fuchsia carnations, lily leaves and blades of grass.
The arrangements presented in this post are 12 of my favorite arrangements from the first half of 2018 – from January to June. I chose two of my favorite arrangements from each session to show you today, leaving the rest on my Way of the Flower Instagram page if you’d like to see more of my work.
Please free free to leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you have a favorite arrangement here. I hope you have enjoyed these images and that they make you feel the way they make me feel – happy and at peace.
The rose is the flower and handmaiden of love - the lily, her fair associate, is the emblem of beauty and purity. Click To Tweet
It’s A Wrap – This simple and zen ikebana arrangement is a fine balancing act with two white roses wrapped in a blade of grass.
“Where there’s tea, there’s hope.” Creating magic in a teacup with a red rose in bloom.