【Minsheng Workshop】Flower Dance: Ohara School Ikebana

SERIES

Minsheng Workshop

Venue

Guest

Tan Fangqi, Fu Fangshu, Zhou Zhuyi, Zhou Shenting

Japan Ohara School Ikebana was founded in the late Meiji period and is one of the three major Japanese Ikebana Schools. Ikebana, also known as Kado, is generally called Ikebana or flower arrangement. During the Meiji era, with the cultivation of western flowers and the increase of Western architecture, the traditional Ikebana was ignored. Unshin Ohara therefore created a new form which he called the moribana style. This style later evolved into the school's ‘landscape arrangement’.
Ohara School is elegant, fresh and refined; it emphasizes seasonal qualities, natural growth processes, and the beauty of natural environments. Formally, it can be divided into the following four categories: bunjin, rinpa, moribana, morimono. In addition, Ohara School conducted an in-depth study of the teaching methods and performance techniques, replacing the previous one-on-one teaching methods and changing to centralized classroom teaching, so that the art of Ikebana was widely disseminated to the general public.
Ikebana is often translated as ‘Japanese art of flowers’. However, the materials used also include branches, vines, leaves, grass, berries, fruits, seeds and flowers, and of course dry plants. In fact, in contemporary Ikebana, even glass, metal and plastic are used. In other words, flower arranging is not just a plant or a flower itself, but a different spirit represented by the shape of flower arrangement and different flower materials. Then it becomes a kind of scenario that expresses emotion; it pursues the artistic conception of ‘quietness, elegance, beauty, truth, and harmony’ through the harmonious unity of lines, colors, forms, and textures. Nowadays, Ikebana has come into the daily life. Various forms of flower are used to decorate people’s family life. In some special moments and festivals, people have started to replace simple bouquets with special flower shapes so as to express good wishes.
The tutors of Ohara School of Ikebana Shanghai Oriental Study Group will come to the ARTsMALL Café to present the unique Ohara School Flower Dance through the change of the four seasons and dynamics brought from the different flower materials.

  • Tan Fangqi’s work

  • Fu Fangshu’s work

  • Zhou Zhuyi’s work

  • Zhou Shenting’s work

▼Schedule

Lecture 14:00~15:00
The four tutors will perform in turn the evolution from the basic patterns of the elementary stream to the representative patterns and take the audience to experience the visual enjoyment of different flower patterns and different floral materials. During the performance process, the history of Ohara School, Ikebana, and basic ceremonial etiquette will also be introduced.

Workshop 15:00~17:00
The public will be given the instructions and create a Valentine's Day Ikebana artwork by themselves

Guests

Tan Fangqi:President of Ohara School of Ikebana Shanghai Oriental Study Group, the first deputy minister and member of the Shanghai Branch of Ikebana International, and the member of Ohara Centre of Tokyo.

Fu Fangshu:Tutor and executive director of Ohara School of Ikebana Shanghai Oriental Study Group, member of the Shanghai Branch of Ikebana International, and the member of Ohara Centre of Tokyo.

Zhou Zhuyi:Tutor of Ohara School of Ikebana Shanghai Oriental Study Group, member of the Shanghai Branch of Ikebana International, and the member of Ohara Centre of Tokyo.

Zhou Shenting:Tutor and planning director of Ohara School of Ikebana Shanghai Oriental Study Group, member of the Shanghai Branch of Ikebana International, and the member of Ohara Centre of Tokyo.

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