About

keith stanley

Keith Stanley is a Washington,DC freelance floral designer. He practices modern design and Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana. Currently he holds a Teacher’s Diploma 3rd Grade (Sankyu Shihan) from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Toyko, Japan. Keith enjoys growing his own flowers in an organic urban garden and scouring roadsides for natural, native and recyclable materials for his creative arrangements.

Keith is also a member of Ikebana International, and Sogetsu Washington, DC Chapter.

He has studied with designers Gregor Lersch, Els Hazenberg, and Phil Rulloda, and installation artist Patrick Dougherty.

  13 comments for “About

  1. Melanie
    December 22, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Lovely work!
    I came to your blog when searching on leaf manipulation.

  2. April 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    A wonderful site you are sharing and just beautiful work.. i stumbled upon it looking up Ikibana tulips and so many of your images popped up. I am a sugar artist and make sugar flowers and recently began arranging my sugar flowers ikibana style. I know very little about it but love it. Besides creating such great arrangements you use fantastic flowers, some of which I make and some I will be making. I have to find a bit of time to look over all your goal of 365 flowers…

  3. May 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hi Keith
    I am a member of Ikebana International K.L. Chpt 72 and just came across your site and found the ikebana arrangements spell binding…..the visuals are brilliantly photographed and materials are in superb condition. Your arrangements certainly give whaooo moments and transverse the normal ikebana presentations….superb is the word that eminates from my inner being…..thank you for the moments enjoyed through your soulful interpretation of ikebana……. 🙂

  4. Keith
    May 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Paulene, I am learning more about developing my creativity (and photograpy skills)each and every day. I am so glad you are enjoying the ikebana I am doing!

  5. Keith
    May 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you Anjum! This is a rewarding challenge to do each day, and I hope that I will carry it well beyond the year that I have committed to do!

  6. Ingrid
    July 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Love your work Keith & have been following you since I started Sogetsu classes here in Brisbane – Australia. I have been inspired by your beautiful arrangements and please, please, please do not stop putting your pieces on here now the 365 day project is over ( but realise that you will want a break as I am sure it wasn’t easy ! ) Looking forward to your next “creation”……….

  7. Keith
    July 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you Ingrid. I’m still thinking about my next move. The structure of this project worked really well, and doing it publicly reinforced it in a positive way. There will definitely be more posting here, I just have to find a way to challenge myself and take it a bit further!

  8. maru
    February 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Just found your blog and your work. I am enjoying it… a lot!
    Thanks.

  9. Jessy
    April 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I just saw the most beautiful arrangement ever!! You posted a picture of a black crescent moon vase with red thorns and green stems and I need to know if this is an arrangement that it is possible to buy. I am absolutely in love with it. It was posted September 8, 2011. Please let me know if this is possible. You are so very talented, your work brought a tear to my eye.

  10. Keith
    April 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Thank you for responding to my work in such a wonderful way. Unfortunately I can’t reproduce most of the works, this one in particular has a ceramic container that costs about $85 used, but it does give me something to think about in future works. I had not thought about being able to reproduce and sell versions of my designs.

  11. April 12, 2015 at 2:42 am

    What a fabulous find your website is. I have put it in my favourites so I can see what you have been doing both in your life and your arrangements. I am currently in my final year for a Master Floral Design. Six years and almost finished. The next part of my learning journey is to study Sogetsu. I have been in love with Ikebana for many years and to learn this is my ultimate goal. Not sure where there is a school in England but I am sure I will find one. I travel 500 miles every four weeks to finish the Master.

    Your work is inspirational which has prompted me to find a school to study with right now.

    Lesley-ann

  12. September 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    One of the lovliest blogs you have created. Everything was so fresh and new.

    Thanks

  13. September 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    The Valentines arrangement was inspired. The rest of the photos were wonderful.

    Thanks,
    Sue Gruenler
    Sogetsu student

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