Oshibana is the Japanese art of making pictures with pressed dry flowers and plants.   In Japanese, Oshibana means “pressed flowers”, dating as an art back to 16th century. During the early Victorian era, Japanese exchanges with Europe increased, the art became fashionable in both England and America.  Typically, creation of an Oshibana requires several time-consuming stages.  It starts with selecting flowers, leaves and other plant material such as bark, branches and so on. These need to be picked at the right time so that their colors can be preserved in the best possible way.   Drying and pressing the material is the next important phase requiring not only time but also skills and experience. Once the flowers have reached a preserved state you can use them to create a pressed floral design. Often Oshibana artwork is placed on Washi , a special paper serving as a background. In class we are working on simple pressed flower art work. These are intricate and a lot more time consuming. They took a simple method and made it a type of art, that is wanted around the world.

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“Taken from the volume “Flowers of the Holy Land“, assembled by Frederick Vester during the early to mid-1920’s” (http://www.artfloreo.com/oshibana.html)

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