Tamayo, discussing Ikebana

DSC06871 copyIkebana is a lot more than simply flower arranging, the artist becomes very involved in and affected by the process.

Through the practice of Ikebana you become deeply involved in the life path of a botanical creature as you discover the beauty, mystery and power of the plant.

Creating a momentary art piece helps us to develop a positive attitude and an ability to concentrate deeply. This is a simple and yet powerful way of enriching our lifes.


Ikeduende is a fusion of the Japanese word ‘ike’ and the Spanish word ‘duende’. Ike, from ‘ikebana’, means living or life-giving, while duende is a mysterious word, which is difficult to explain.

The word is found in flamenco music and culture. It communicates the spiritual atmosphere and soaring feeling created whenever the creators bond with others.

Tamayo believes that as you practice ikebana, you may feel your own spiritual “Duende” emerge, with the flowers as material, bonding, listening and responding. It might be a primitive communication, driven by the senses rather than by thought, but nonetheless it creates a special warmth under our skin.

About Tamayo Hussey


Her discipline originated in Ikenobo, one of oldest form of ikebana, that her mother taught her while she was an infant growing up in Tokyo. Later, she took an interest in and studied the Ryusei style.

Shortly before she left Japan, she had the good fortune to study under the floral architect Yoshio Karimai and his unique school of Ikebana called Hana-Jyuku in Tokyo.

Since relocating and starting a new life in the United Kingdom, she has developed her own practice and continue to be inspired by his teachings and other artist’s works. She has BA (Fine Art) and BSc (Biosciences) degrees from UK and Japan. Now she based in Netherlands.


Next Ikebana Workshop, Class, Demonstration in Wye Valley, Wales, UK

Spring Term 2018
Date: 9th January and 15th February. 27th February and 29th March.

Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday daily

Time: 10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00

Optional: New! Kimono wearing (Free)

Cost: £50 includes floral materials to take home, drinks and snacks.
Please arrive at 09:30 for morning session, 12:30 for afternoon session if you wish to wear a Kimono

Group booking:

10% discount when you book for 2 participants.

One person will free if 4 participants on a same booking

Booking, any enquiries – please contact by email:

Tamayo Hussey
She uses Ikebana form for her art work. She has returned from Holland and starts her class again in January 2018.

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Ikebana Workshops – Spring 2018

New Workshops for people who want to experience and learn Ikebana for a first time. Date: Between 9th January and 15th February, 27th February and 29th March Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday daily Time: Morning 10:00-12:00 and Afternoon 13:00-15:00 Cost: £50 includes floral materials to take home, drinks and snacks. Optional: Kimono wearing (Free) If you are an experienced arranger, there is a different workshop that Tamayo can prepare for you. Booking, any enquiries – please contact by email:

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