History & Heritage of Chinese Floral Arrangement
a presentation by
Bonsai and floral expert Mark Vossbrink
A skillful executed Chinese floral arrangement is the equivalent of a painting that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also balanced in its composition…to be in harmony with nature and integrated into everyday surroundings and not an aloof and dominant force. Classical flower arrangements can be studied from paintings and prints and was stimulated by pottery and porcelain advances in China. The program offers both an overview of this ancient art of China and a wealth of practical ideas for applying traditional methods within a contemporary setting with a nod to Suzhou, Portland’s sister city and a center for gardening and floral arts. Discover the fascinating account of flower symbolism and the selection of blossoms for their nobility, charm and distinct beauty and the subtle differences between Japanese and Chinese flower arrangements. Floral art in Asia reflect cultural distinctions and is not the same between the different countries.
Location: PSU campus, Urban Plaza Bldg, Room 250 (506 SW Mill St.)
Free & open to the public.