Anju Miyawaki Used Pressed Flowers to Create Flat Ikebana

“Flat Ikebana” by Anju Miyawaki

If you’ve ever studied ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, you’ll know that one of the most important principles in orienting your piece is that it must look beautiful from the front. Taking that restriction to heart, and reinterpreting it, Japanese art student Anju Miyawaki created a series of two-dimensional pressed flower arrangements.

Titled “Flat Ikebana,” Miyawaki used real pressed flowers in a simple act that renders a 3-dimensional object into something flat. She then expanded on that concept and added digitally rendered flower vases to create her series of flat flower arrangements.

Despite her unconventional method, Miyawaki followed many of the compositional and seasonal principles of ikebana. In fact, the series consists of 24 different variations, each representing Japan’s 24 seasons (which can be further broken down into 72 micro-seasons). “Flat Ikebana” is part of Miyawaki’s senior thesis exhibition. She is graduating from Tama Art University.

Each year, around this time, we like to review the many senior thesis exhibitions going on at art school in Japan and feature exceptional student work. You can see past student work here.

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