Join Hiroko Prado in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden, making use of seasonal Spring blooms for an ikebana workshop, the Japanese art of flower arranging.
This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ikebana, or to build on your skills and delve further into the centuries-old art form.
Ikebana has meaning far beyond simply putting flowers into a vase; it is an art form that has evolved from Buddhist offerings and ideology, enriching the psyche and everyday life of Japanese people over centuries. Now ikebana is practiced worldwide by anyone using local, seasonal materials. Ikebana practitioners create floral art that embodies their own personal expression. They use living plants such as tree branches, leaves, stems, fruits, and flowers that are often dried or painted. Ikebana differs from Western floral arrangement by utilising negative and empty space. In ikebana, positive and negative space is considered equally important - just like in Japanese calligraphy or brush painting, white blank spaces on the canvas are just as important as the brush strokes themselves.
During this workshop, Hiroko Prado will take you through the history and fundamentals of ikebana. You will also learn the following ikebana basics:
- How to handle different ikebana tools such as ikebana scissors
- How to cut, trim and handle materials correctly so that they stay fresh longer
- How to find the most beautiful aspects of each plant material
- How to fix materials onto Kenzan, the needlepoint holder
- How to form basic shapes, proportions, and combinations of materials
You will learn how to create your own ikebana arrangement which you can then take home.
We ask you to bring a box or a bag to carry your masterpiece home. All the other materials and equipment will be provided, however, if you happen to have ikebana scissors, feel free to bring them along!
At the end of the workshop, you will have a chance to admire everyone’s creations while enjoying a delicious light lunch.
About Hiroko Prado:
Hiroko Prado is an international Ikebana teacher, the Director of Sogetsu Sydney/NSW, and the President of the Ikebana International Sydney Chapter #36. Ikebana has been her lifelong passion and she has taught the art form since 1999. Her clients include YWCA in Hong Kong, Christian Dior, Mercedes Benz, and Singapore National Parks. She has performed hundreds of Ikebana demonstrations worldwide including the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence in Singapore, Flower Arrangement Society, Ikebana International in Singapore, Matsuri in Parramatta, and Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. She has also conducted Instagram Live demonstrations interviews hosted by Sogetsu School Mumbai, India, and by the Japanese Consulate-General in Sydney.
Hiroko Prado currently holds the highest teaching title at Sogetsu School: Sogetsu School First Grade Riji. Other merits include:
- Member of the Sogetsu Teachers Association Japan
- Director of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana Sydney/NSW
- President of the Ikebana International Sydney Chapter #36 Inc
- A certificate holder of I.A.F, International Academy of Floristry