The Art of Ikebana

Private Arts Ikebana is another form of creative expression through 'arranging flowers' into an artistic structure. Ikebana emphasizes the unique parts of the plant or flower, which include the stems, leaves, or a single flower.

To create the floral art, we focus on the form, shape, line, and color. Very important consideration is given to the shape and color of the container or suiban that holds the arrangement. The traditional Japanese structure is based on a triangle, implying a reflection of the sun, moon, and earth.

The Ikebana or Kado tradition dates back to the 7th century, and is still widely practiced throughout Japan and the world. Each arrangement is formed around the five elements of the universe, which are the earth, water, wood or metal, air or space and fire. 

Beyond the beauty of the flower arrangement, Ikebana brings a spiritual element, authentic participants enjoy the contemplative process in silence in order to reconnect internally to nature. 


7 Basic Principles of Ikebana

  1. Silence
  2. Minimalism
  3. Shape and Line
  4. Form
  5. Humanity
  6. Aesthetics
  7. Structure

Private Arts shares our kado, meaning 'way of flowers' as a lifelong artistic practice of learning to further develop our creative journey.