ABOUT Michiko Kobayashi
As a formally trained and certified Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) instructor/ designer, Michiko brings a unique and superior aesthetic eye and skills to expand the creative scope of floral design.
As a freelance floral designer in the city of Chicago, she is a versatile designer without conceptual limitations whose floral designs may express more elaborate and elegant glamour or modest natural simplicity, reflecting the clients' taste and occasions.
Michiko's designs integrate the characteristics of the Japanese aesthetics of abundance in simplicity and consider asymmetry, empty space, intimacy, and appreciation for the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes as an essential element to the arrangements, beauty and life.
Whether it be Ikebana, or elaborate "western style" arrangement, or plant design, each creation by Michiko represents a miniature universe that is designed to bring harmony and blessings of life to any occasions and spaces of any size. They are simultaneously simple, elegant, lively, communicative, sensual, and ecological.
Additionally, as a self-taught Artist/Painter, Michiko is committed to authentic free expression. Her works are intuitive, original, and thought-provoking. She works with acrylic painting.
In her earlier career path, Michiko worked as Foreign Exchange Trader for 10 years, Chief Administrator for a computer science graduate school/research institution for a few years, in addition to founding an NPO for arts and education in Chicago and served as its Executive Director for five years.
Michiko is certified as an instructor in Ohara School of Ikebana and is pursuing her further mastery in Ikebana.
She is also certified in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
She is a native of Japan, a citizen of the U.S, and a mother of two sons.