BY TOKO TAZAWA
IKEBANA /ìːkeɪbɑ́ːnə/ [noun]
Ikebana is the art of Japanese floral arrangement. Ikebana literally means "living flowers", from IKERU "keep alive" + HANA "flower".
Ikebana first appeared around the fifteenth century. It was practiced with formal guidelines and discipline, and it was believed that established forms should be strictly followed. However, Sofu Teshigahara, the first headmaster of The Sogetsu Ikebana, began to question the traditions of Ikebana in which people could not express their originality, so in 1927 he founded the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.
Since then, under the leadership, inspiration and teachings of four generations of headmasters, The Sogetsu Ikebana has evolved into an art of creative expression with infinite possibilities, both in style and material.
Through Ikebana, you will be able to express yourself, establish your personal style, connect with your sense of beauty and show your artistic intention.
Toko Tazawa is an Ikebana artist and instructor, with over 15 years experience in London, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
As an artist Toko creates Ikebana installations to supply to various commercial and business spaces, individual homes and event venues.
Toko is an accredited instructor from The Sogetsu School of Ikebana, and also runs certificate courses as well as casual classes and workshops.
Toko believes having one on one time with flowers and plants has a calming effect on one’s mind, and she loves nothing more than the sense of fulfilment and contentment that her connection with Ikebana gives her.
Toko is currently a member of the Ikebana Gallery Award Committee.
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Bespoke Ikebana floral arrangement service at various venues are available. It can be tailored to suit your individual needs and preference. In Toko's Ikebana you will find one of a kind beauty with Japanese sensibility, created by observing nature. Ikebana floral arrangements are generally created on-site.
Formal classes are offered to learn the theory and skills of The Sogetsu Ikebana. As a qualified instructor, Toko runs certificate courses following the Sogetsu School of Ikebana textbooks. They cover all the necessary basics for beginners to acquire skills through actual interaction with flowers and by deepening their understanding of the plant materials. Toko will guide you through the simple, yet elegant art of Japanese floral arrangement to help you pursue your creativity. You can bring your own plant materials such as flowers, branches and foliage, or they can be provided by Toko*.
*additional cost applies
Introductory workshops are offered throughout the year. All the materials, including the vase and floral materials, will be provided for you to take home. Secateurs will also be provided for use during the class, so you will not have to bring anything - just yourself. It is a perfect opportunity if you wish to have a taste of Ikebana arrangement. Workshops are offered during school holidays with various themes and children are welcome to participate.
Ikebana floral arrangement as a birthday party activity is available at the location of your choice. Fresh plants and flowers are often overlooked as material for arts and crafts, but children have so much fun working with them. Costs vary, depending on your needs and choice of arrangement.
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