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Workshops

Japanese Ink Painting and Flower Arranging

Workshops

Japanese Ink Painting and Flower Arranging

Workshops

Japanese Ink Painting and Flower Arranging

London Flower School, London

25 March, 18 June, 15 October and 19 November 2020

For those who want to add a sculptural flourish to their flower displays, take a leaf out of the ikebana book. Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of floral arranging, involves more than simply placing blooms in a vase. First introduced by Buddhist missionaries back in the 6th century, it is an appreciation of the subtle beauty of natural materials. Practitioners believe that when showcased properly, blooms, branches, leaves and stems are brought to life as art.

Fortunately, budding florists don’t have to travel to Japan to try their hand at ikebana. At the London Flower School, you can master both floral displays and classic Japanese ink painting (suibokuga) in a one-day introductory workshop.

In ikebana, less is more, so before you reach for the secateurs, London Flower School co-founder Wagner Kreusch will guide you through the symbolism at the heart of all the arrangements. Next, you’ll learn how to properly cut and trim branches and measure angles for the correct placement of stems – all while adhering to the Japanese etiquette of a spotless workstation.

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Artist Talia LeHavi, who works with Japanese inks and water pigments, will be on hand to demonstrate the minimalist strokes and techniques used in traditional suibokuga ink painting, as you bring your sculptural displays to life on the page. It’s the perfect way to enjoy your blooms long after the last petal has fallen.

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“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

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