In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re thrilled to host an incredible afternoon of education and demonstration on Ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arranging. The workshop will be led by architect Ravi GuneWardena of EscherGuneWardena Architecture. In addition to being one of Los Angeles’ most sought after architects, Ravi is also a teacher in the Sogetsu school of Ikebana.

Sogetsu is one of the modern schools of ikebana that was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara in Japan, and now boasts practitioners world-wide. Teshigahara recognized Ikebana as a creative art form and not just a rigorous study of traditional rules and believed that anyone could make ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material. He developed a school of ikebana that was deeply rooted in Japanese tradition yet embraced the evolving requirements of the modern age. The Sogetsu Foundation based in Tokyo and now headed by Sofu’s granddaughter Akane Teshigahara, promotes various activities to research and disseminate teachings in the practice of ikebana internationally. Notable artists who have been collaborators at the school, include Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Niki de Saint Phalle, Sam Francis, John Cage, Jasper Johns, and Isamu Noguchi.

Our workshop with Ravi will include a simple introductory arrangement coupled with “free style” work using plants in both familiar and unconventional techniques. We’ll then be guided through the making of a basic arrangement, which we’ll get to keep—or give away as a beautiful holiday present.

Please note that this workshop is extremely limited due to space. Also, tickets will not be available at the door. No refunds will be given less than 24 hours before the event. A detailed email will be sent to all attendees with more information, but be sure to wear clothes that you won’t mind getting messy in.

Check-in: Please note that upon arrival, attendees will need to check in at the first floor, before taking the elevator to the second floor.

Parking: There is ample street and metered parking available in the neighborhood. Please check all posted signs as some parking spaces have restrictions. There are also several lots you can park at for a fee, including the Peterson Automative Museum garage, entrance on Fairfax. Please note that there is no parking available at 6100 Wilshire. 

Photo credit: Ravi GuneWardena

Photo credit: Ravi GuneWardena

Photo credit: Ravi GuneWardena

Photo credit: Ravi GuneWardena

Photo credit: Ravi GuneWardena

Photo credit: Ravi GuneWardena