Thursday, September 9, 2010

BEAUTY: Ikebana by Baiko

Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese floral arrangement. Reflecting the Zen Buddhist tendencies of minimalism and a spare poetry of nature, this form of artistic expression is considered a kind of spiritual practice. Silence is required during arranging, while the artist contemplates nature, form, and color. Often parts of plants other than flowers are used, including stems, leaves, vines, pods and branches.
Astrid Stadt, also known as Baiko (which, charmingly, means "Plum Blossom" in Japanese), created the lovely ikebana arrangements seen above. Images can be ordered as prints or cards from her websites linked below.

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