Friday, March 30, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Today's lesson plan:
Eileen--Free style, sketching-arranging-sketching. Material: (1) Sago palm, lily; (2) Honeu suckle branch, lily, winter berry.
When materials are gethered and container is selected, study them by drawing the arrangement on paper, then arrange them in the way you are intended, it may be different from the drawing, but it's OK. After finish the arrangement, draw again.
I use this technique every time I do a free style arrangement. When I prepare for demonstration, I gather materials and draw. I usually don't do a real arrangment in preparation stage. That's why drawings are so important. They are guiidelines for my demonstration, Without them, demonstration is impossible.
Donna and Linda--Basic slanting, moribana. Material: Sago palm, lily.
Harumi--basic upright, moribana. Material: creosote, mum.
Friday, March 9, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
I participated again in this years Arts & Flowers exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. Floral designers chose the art works they were interested in, and try to intepret with flowers. I chose two pieces of art works. One is Turbull's sculpture, displayed in Modern Art Gallery. The other one is Thai Buddha torso in Asian Art Gallery.
My floral design is not to intepret the art work, rather inspired by them. So, to accompany Turbull's sculpture, I used my own black ceramic vase, with two queen palm seed pods sprayed with black paint to form an interesting structure, or sculpture if you prefer. Then I used horse tail, and protea to have a touch of Ikebana expression. (Ikebana uses fresh materials.)
For Thai Buddha's torso, my idea was to offer flowers and pay respect. (Otherwise, how would you intepret it.)
Monday, March 5, 2007
I did this silk arrangement for a couple living in north Scottsdale. You can use less flowers if they are fresh, because they are living materials, they bring energy together. On the other hand, you need lots of silk flowers to bring the volumes up. I think the silk flower arrangement works in this case.