While on a recent outing to the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens a signpost caught my eye. It advertised an Ikebana exhibition in the auditorium. Now my knowledge about Ikebana is very limited. As far as I am concern it refers to the Japanese art of flower arrangement. But never being one for missing an opportunity to learn something new, we gladly paid our $4 per person entry fee.
A few things caught my attention while looking at the various arrangements. The first being the minimalistic style. All of the arrangements incorporated just a few branches, leaves, blossoms or flowers.
The second thing that struck me is that I was looking at more than just mere flower arrangements, I was looking at living art. It was clear that much thought and deliberation went into the colour combinations, shapes and graceful lines used.
Thirdly I was struck by the asymmetrical form and the use of empty space. Everything worked in harmony – the materials, the container and the setting.
The exhibition was hosted by Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Inc. and is an annual event. Should you be interested in learning the art, you can look here (http://www.ikebanabrisbane.org.au/learning-ikebana) to locate a practising teacher.