IKEBANA – the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement – is by far the most popular. The interest towards this art has spread to such an extent that it would be difficult to find a major city in North America or Europe that does not have some type of activity.
Although a number of instructors in the Vancouver area have been teaching for some years, there had been no organized activities until they got together in October 1965 to form the Vancouver IKEBANA Association. The purpose of the Association is to introduce Ikebana to the public at large through coordinated activities while at the same time, members can enjoy the friendship and stimulation by getting to know students and instructors of schools other than their own.
Purpose of the Vancouver Ikebana Association
- To promote the awareness and appreciation of Ikebana in British Columbia
- To encourage its study in the individual schools
- To help spread the knowledge of Japanese culture through the art of Ikebana
When the Association is called upon to organize exhibitions, each member is encouraged to display their own creation.
Our 55th Annual Spring Show exhibition will take place in Roundhouse Community Centre.
Date: May 23rd 2020 11am to 4pm & May 24th 2020 10am to 3pm
Demonstrations: 12pm & 2pm on both days
Workshops: 1pm on both days, $20 per person
Admission by donation, suggested $5
Pre register for workshop: [email protected]
Ikebana, the Japanese word for flower arrangement, is based upon certain principles of art which are recognized the world over. The love of line so characteristic of all Oriental art rather than the appreciation of form and colour is perhaps the most salient feature in differentiating Japanese flower arrangement from all others.
The arrangement is linear in composition, consisting of the most commonplace branch material. however, if this branch material is arranged in a beautiful flowing line, it is preferred to a group of blossoms, no matter how beautifully the latter may be in colour or form.
Equally as strong as the emphasis on linear perfection is the teaching of naturalism; an insistence on understanding of the natural growth of the material used and a love of nature in all phases.
The rules set by one of the schools do not necessarily apply to the teachings of other schools. Differences of opinion and conception are as many as are the numerous schools of flower arrangement in existence. Nevertheless, the basic principles of the art are carefully preserved, common among all the schools.