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The Martha Stewart Show, April 2007

Ikebana is an ancient Japanese art form of arranging living flowers. A minimal form of design, ikebana encompasses the idea of bringing nature indoors with living floral art. Though flexible in its execution, there are a few guidelines to follow for classic ikebana design:

- You can use any type of container, including platters, vases, cups, and even wine glasses to create your arrangement.

- The goal is to create three levels of flowers -- high, medium and low. The highest point should equal twice the width of your container, plus twice the height. The medium level is approximately 3/4 of the highest point, and the lowest point is 3/4 the height of the medium level.

- Asymmetry and the use of empty space is an essential feature to composition, so be sure not to clutter the arrangement with too many items.

- You can use any type of flower or branch to create your arrangement. But you should never use four of the same flower or branch in a single arrangement.

- The tools for the art include a Kenzan (pin frog), Hasami (clippers or scissors without a spring grip), and Hana (fresh flowers).

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Comments (1)

  • cangkerit 19 Jun, 2008

    OMG, what an arrangement, what an insult to the Ikebana tradition.
    Ikebana is more than just putting flowers together, Ikebana is the art of arranging flowers aesthetically. I believe Ms Harden can act, but Ikebana is much more than being able to act.
    Please invite an 'real' Ikebana expert who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge and skill to show your audience the correct way of Ikebana so that they'll not be confuse and make a fool of themselves.