Thursday, June 9, 2011


Lily Kamatz (pictured above with one of her many creations) kindly showed some of us members of the Brisbane Artist Development (BAD) Co-op how to do Ikebana - blissful!!!
Lily's Ikebana are included in many publications including the very prestigious "Ikebana Through All Seasons" by Stichting Kunstboek.

This is my creation trying to take into consideration the 3 main elements of Ikebana that symbolize heaven, earth, and humankind. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. Nature has its own rhythm and order and the awareness of this is the first step in involving oneself in ikebana.

We worked in silence, each one of us becoming quiet as we were "in the moment" and the practice made us appreciate things in nature that we previously might not have paid that much attention to. It is said that by practicing this art, one becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but more generally in other people. I like that.

Thank you again Lily for being so generous with your time and opening your home to us, it was a truly magical and inspiring afternoon.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds lovely Katrina, and great creations from the BAD group.