Most of the people love to have flowers in their houses. The care for this flora is sometimes more difficult to them. But what about dried flowers and leaves? Do we just need to throw them away? The answer is: IKEBANA. A Japanese art of floral design. It's an easy way of expressing your creativity with flowers and there are no rules.
The only thing you need is this special shape (search online 'Kenzan') to sting the flower on and some dried flowers and your nicest ceramics.
I got to know this type of floral design from my latest shoot for Feeling Wonen/Gael Maison magazine where I did the table dressing for festive tables. One of the interviewees (Mae Engelgeer) mentioned Ikebana for her ideal table setting. So I've tried and quickly fell in love with it.
Choose whatever you want as dried flowers, try to dry everything by hanging it upside down or in an empty vase. The main principle of Ikebana is to play with level of heights and create lines. What type of flower or leave that you use is not important but try to play with shapes, textures, volume. Feel free to be expressive, work with your emotions of the day to make your composition. This can be rough or rather sort. When you are ready with your composition, search for the right vase or bowl.
I would love to work more with Ikebana on table settings. It's this new creative centerpiece with flowers that do not get ugly during the day or evening. It's subtle so it doesn't asks for a lot of attention in your setting. It doesn't bring any smells. And best of all: it's this perfect DIY for everybody! Everybody can do this, so let us all be creative on your new table dressings!