Practised throughout Japan in various forms for centuries, ikebana applies distinct rules of construction that result in statements of originality through expression created from inert and living plant materials. Literally translated, ikebana, means "to make flowers live". This ancient Japanese Art of Flower Arranging provides you with an artistic means for enriching the manner of your being and your concept of the environment you share with all the glories of plant life.
Ikebana is so much more than flower arranging and all is set to be revealed at the Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Exhibition 2019. The Sogetsu Annual Exhibition will be held at the Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong on Saturday, 24 August and Sunday, 25 August 2019 from 10.00am until 4.00pm on both days.
This year's theme is 'Innovation' where you will be astounded at just how any plant and garden material can become a thing of beauty. There is no limit to the uses of texture and colour for your creations. Make them tactile through the use of natural elements that can include withered leaves, seed pods and branches, and vibrant with the colours of nature. Blue, green, grey, white and/or black there is no limit when you celebrate the love of flowers and nature.
Daily admission is $4.00 and includes a free ikebana demonstration at 10.30am and guided tours of the exhibition by qualified teachers commencing from 11.30am and 2.30pm daily.
You may also take the opportunity to take a hands-on class for $5.00 at 1.30pm on both days. These classes will provide you with a basic understanding of how Sogetsu iIkebana uses plants and materials creatively. Once inspired with some know-how you can purchase Ikebana containers and related materials to create your own arrangements at home.
Also available for purchase will be a generous selection of tasty homemade goodies with tea and coffee.
Join in and gain an understanding of this most tranquil of all Japanese arts activities.
There are many different schools or styles of ikebana in Japan and Sogetsu is one of the more modern, having been founded in Japan in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara. Sogetsu believes ikebana must be an enjoyable and creative artistic undertaking not bound by rules and classical styles. The lives and environments of the participants will be enriched through the use of all types of materials that can then be displayed anywhere.
Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Inc. is a branch of Sogetsu Teachers' Association in Japan and has been in Queensland since 1963.
To find out more about this remarkable ikebana Exhibition at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium and for more general information on Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Inc., look up the web page here, or make contact through the web site contact page here, or check out the organisation's Facebook page and Instagram pages.