Topic: Form 1 - Mass

Ikebana Aesthetics Program - Zoom Ikebana Dojo

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Any three-dimensional object can be form with height, width & depth. There are two types of form, geometric (artificial) and natural (organic) form. For instance, cube, sphere and cone are geometric, and all other forms such as animals, fruits and chairs are organic.

In the study of form in Ikebana how to use mass effectively is particularly important. Mass is three-dimensional bulk. In Ikebana you can make mass by grouping flowers, leaves, stems or branches to create poetic energy (See samples at the end of this post). A single branch may suggest flow of living energy, but a mass of branches can imply power or energy in itself. It may be enhanced by tone, texture or colour.

In Form 1 we focus on mass of flowers, and its relationship to container.

1. Create a single mass in your design using flowers. The mass should suggest 3D.
2. Use moribana style (use kenzan, florist form or others for easy fixture). We will focus on Nageire style in Form 2 & 3.
3. Make the mass main feature of your design. You may add a few lines, leaves, flowers or branches to enhance the poetry of your mass. Let’s call them secondary elements in this design.
4. Master how to create poetry out of the relationship between mass, secondary elements & container. See our Session Notes for the strategies to create poetry.  

What You Need

1. secateurs
2. kenzan or florist foam or wire packed container (see a task for Balance 1)
3. container - any include a cup.
4. flower materials (suggestion only):
Chinese jasmine

How to Make It
You will receive Form 1 Session Notes with valuable information for making your arrangement after your payment. Our free video and the Session Notes will help you make your ikebana work.

How to Apply & Participate
Four Ikebana Elements (Level 1, Part 2) is fully booked. Booking is open for the next course, Four Ikebana Principles Level 2.  

Samples for Advanced Students