A new leave in life

This is a very exciting day for me for I have finally completed my ikebana teaching diploma. Though it is the only level 4 teaching, I am already over the moon to see how I have worked hard and have been growing better in this art.

I finished the corse by performing a demonstration in front of a group of teachers and students at a girls school. It was kind of nervous but a very important experience for me since there was no accompanying music, I have to talk constantly to engage the audience and try to produce good artwork at the same time!

I think I will continue to work hard and refine my skill in this art- this is only a beginning for me! I have a long long way to go.

Ikebana designs in the 21st century

My Mum has spoiled me very much recently by giving me a very early Christmas- the iPad. And ever since then, I’ve been tagging it with me to everywhere I go. Great fun. It does everything I normally do on then laptop. Email, Facebook, and in fact, this blog is written on the official WordPress App! But then, can it help me in terms of ikebana?

Oh yes, it does! Thanks to those great sketching App that is only a few dollars to purchase from the AppStore. Well, I must admit that it look awhile for me to get used to sketching with my finger rather than the pencil, but it is quite satisfying, too.

For example, I was preparing some sketches for a church wedding. I made the sketch with the app ( see above), export the picture into the iPad gallery and put the image into Pages so that I could typed some notes about it. I even put a “reflection” to my image in Pages. Then I sent that with the “quote” that I generated via another app, all in PDF format, in email to the bride! Can’t be easier. I also keep a copy of the PDF in the “cloud” account so that I can access them with my iPhone! Em…. Digital world is interesting, but then I still like my paper sketch pad and my pencils- I guess the feel of pen and paper is hard to be replicate on the iPad.

“Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal” – Ikebana –

Picasso: “Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal”

Here I want to steal my teacher’s (Shoso Shimbo) great idea in fixing floral materials without using floral foam or kenzan.


kenzen replace wire ikebana

kenzen replace


Some one has asked me once “what is the method to fix flowers in a glass container?” She was having trouble arranging her singapore orchids in her wide mouth glass container. She realised that it is impossible to stick an oasis into it without showing that ugly piece of green foam.  Also, she has not bought enough green to “pack” the vase before adding the flowers!  The metal wire ball is here to help.

I got this idea from my teacher last time when we went to arrange flowers for a wedding.  We used these metal wire balls to hold up the florals for 17 table arrangements!! They can be stretch/ squeeze for size on the spot and are not that intrusive visually if show.

How to make them?

Well that is easy. All you need is some coated wire.  For stability and strength, I used the pvc coated fence wire that you can purchase from the hardware store.  They came in green or black.  Then I just scrunch them up.  Try to keep the centre of clear of wires.  Then, I use to more flexible plant ties/ garbage bags ties to secure a few intersections to make the whole thing even more stable (see the little green knots on the ball).

And that’s finished! Drop that into your vase and you are ready to go!

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