Vernisher Wooh Ikebana

About Me

My name is Vernisher Wooh, I am an Ikebana teacher and a practitioner of the Sogetsu School, which is the largest modern Ikebana School in Japan. In 2018 I became the seventh recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Norman and Mary Sparnon Ikebana Endowment.

Ikebana is my passion. I love teaching Ikebana! I also like to run Sogetsu workshops, demonstrate techniques and engage in conversation about Japanese culture, concepts and aesthetics.

Are you wondering if ikebana is for you? The modern art of Ikebana attracts people from all walks of life and of all ages.

Join me in the practice of this beautiful art form, and let your creativity run free - one of the most empowering feelings.

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Ikebana, which can be translated as arranging flowers or making flowers alive, is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars.

For me, ikebana is about finding beauty in blossoms, branches, leaves, fruits and even in unconventional materials. Nature is simple yet delicately beautiful. With Ikebana, through the combination of colours, graceful lines, natural shapes, rich textures, thoughtful lighting and much more, its inner qualities are brought out in the creation of elegant arrangements and intricate sculptures.

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Principles of Ikebana

The four principles of ikebana are a fresh approach, movement, balance, and harmony; the three elements are line, color and mass.

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This is a very special container - the colour and the way the vines are integrated, along with the splitting of the flax into four strands imbue the arrangement with a sense of movement. Flowers were not necessary as the arrangement achieves its purpose.

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The vibrant yellow colour of the sunflower contrasts with the dry, giant bird of paradise leaf and the container. The line of this paired arrangement is reflected in the soft, curved decoration of the container.



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Two different types of grass are included in this arrangement - inside and outside the glass container. Thin grass tree leaves are used inside the container, and Dietes leaves are used on the outside as this helps the water inside to be more visible. Solanum Mammosum is used from the inside to the outside as a connector between the grasses to help enhance the colours.

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A contemporary approach to an ancient form of art


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