Ikebana is one of the traditional Japanese art forms that uses plant and other materials and was established in the 15th century though the origin goes back farther.
Ikebana has three main components: the natural material (flowers, tree branches, leaves, conifer needles), the vase, and the kenzan (a holder for strengthening the stem and keeping it in the desired position). The basic aesthetic principle of ikebana is refined simplicity, achieved by bringing out the natural beauty of the material, which determines the bouquet’s asymmetrical composition and contrasting colors and textures.
In these workshops, Nana Bellerud covers the basic concept, techniques, tools and equipment, and plant care for ikebana. No tools are necessary. Participants may use the Garden’s vases and tools for the workshop.
Participants will make 1 basic style and 1 freestyle of Ikebana with emphasis on seasonal themes. This workshop is limited to 9 students for an interactive experience. Class will be held in the Gresham Japanese Garden’s Kyoudou Center. GJG’s building is located at the south end of Main City Park. It is the last building closest to Springwater Trail. There is a parking lot there too.
Nana G. Bellerud has been studying the Sogetsu School of Ikebana since 2005 and continues to be inspired and have new insights from its teachings. Nana demonstrates, exhibits, and teaches ikebana at a wide range of venues including the Portland Art Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, and Leach Botanical Garden. Through her demonstrations and workshops, she seeks to introduce others to the art of ikebana and to intrigue and inspire them. Beyond simply producing a beautiful work of art with flowers and natural objects, she shows her audience how ikebana explores artistic concepts such as balance, contrast, and negative space. Nana is currently serving as Branch Director of Sogetsu Portland and is a past President of Ikebana International Portland Chapter #47.