Ikebana4u School - founded 1999
Amira Matsuda founder, Riji ranked Instructor, teaching Ikebana Japanese floral art since 1999.
Amira has taught Ikebana to over 100 students over the years with more than 25 teachers graduating from her school and it is on going.
We have been fortunate to make our name in the Ikebana industry through actively participating in our community, exhibitions, presentations, and workshops. Although we still have ways we can get better, the experiences we have created is what Friendship through Flowers is all about.
Riji Instructor / Master designer
Amira's journey with Ikebana started in 1995 when she started taking classes from a local teacher, Nan Mitchell.
Some of her notable performances include:
Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangements.
Left: Moribana: A Moribana arrangement is distinguished by a shallow container and the usage of a Kenzan (a needle pin holder that holds the proper position of the line material)
How can we achieve an overall view with a strong sense of artistic expression where the appearance of the setting is full of tension, fullness versus emptiness and how to make the lines beautifully recognized.
Let your heart go first, and then your hands will follow.
In an Ikebana arangement, the 3 main elements that form a composition;
These must all be in harmony in order to achieve a fine balance.
Although an Ikebana arrangement is an expression of the creator, it must be arranged for the viewer's eye, which means it must look like a "front view", no matter what angle you look at it from in most cases. Therefore it is critical that the basic rules are followed to achieve this equalibrium.
Left: Nageire: A Nageire arrangement are materials arranged in tall, cylindrical, or urned shaped containers.
Born in Babylon, Iraq, Amira Matsuda was raised with a big family of 13 brothers and sisters and had a simple life with roosters and sheep roaming her family's backyard.
After graduating college, a twist of fate was around the corner when Amira was hired at a Japanese construction company, Sumitomo, where she met her husband and moved to Japan in 1980. Amira quickly learned to speak Japanese and adapted to a new culture and lifestyle. She was granted Japanese citizenship, then later moved to Dallas, Texas in 1987.
Amira has always led an active lifestyle, constantly serving on the board of several charitable and cultural organizations, while balancing her time at home with her four children and husband. Currently, she is the President of the Iraqi American Association of North Texas.
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