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Please browse our Art of Ikebana section for articles, videos and more on the practice of Ikebana flower arranging. We are delighted to kick off this new resource with a wonderful and inspiring article by Alexandra Shenpen, and video demonstrations by Eileen Kay, ikebana artists and instructors extraordinaire!


ARTICLES

Ikebana: A Contemplative Practice by Alexandra Shenpen.

Excerpt: ... Such a simple thing — to walk, to notice growing things, to cut a branch, greenery, flowers, select a vase, then sit down with a clean bowl of water, lay down a cloth for trimmings, and begin to look at what is there. It is said that this ancient art-form began in exactly this way.  Read more...


VIDEOS

Ikebana demonstration of a classic-style arrangement in the Sogetsu tradition.
Arrangement by Eileen Kay, Sogetsu instructor in Boulder, CO. For this demonstration she used our Storm Suiban container.

 

Ikebana demonstration of a free-style ikebana arrangement in the Sogetsu tradition.
Arrangement by Eileen Kay, Sogetsu instructor in Boulder, CO. For this demonstration she used our Nageire Cylinder Vase.

 

Ikebana Basics: A Comparison of Styles.
Here Eileen discusses the differences in these two styles of arranging — classic and free-style.


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