Saturday, June 30, 2007

ikebana lesson 6/29/2007

No.2 Variation (moribana and nageire)

ikebana lesson 6/29/2007 (free style)

Daisy's free style (1), (2)

Donna's free style (3), (4)

Friday, June 15, 2007

ikebana lesson 6/15/2007 (free style)

Free style arrangements by Eileen (1 and 2) and Daisy (3 and 4)

ikebana lesson 6/15/2007

No.2 Variation, slanting, nageire

No.1 Variation. slanting, nageire

No.2 Variation, upright, moribana

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mt. Evans

Mt. Evans, 15,000 feet tall.

Sogetsu outdoor workshop

6/10/2007, Evergreen, CO, 10am - 3pm.

Mr Oki emphasized the stability and safety of the out door installation, then take the environment into consideration.

Sogetsu Ikebana workshop (2)

6/8/2007, 1-3pm, teacher's workshop, "How to present effective and inspiring demonstration"
Keep audience captivated;
When you add materials, add some surprising effect, don't fall into their prediction.
Demonstration by Mr. Oki:
A large bamboo basket (with a container inside)
Mr. Oki first arranged green branches, then added sun flowers followed by anthuria. It was almost a complete arrangement. He then show the audience a bunch of willow branches and inserted it into the basket. It immediately added height. Then he bended one branch so it broke off the bundle. As everyone thought it was done, he showed a large piece of dried palm seed pod and placed against the branches. Quite dramatic.

Sogetsu Ikebana workshop (1)

6/8/2007, 10am-noon, teacher's workshop, Mr. Oki Toshiyuki
"Arrange from behind"
For demonstration, it's important to arrange from behind. There are steps of training in order to acquire the techniques and confidence of arranging from behind. First, study basic and variations with materials which don't have front or back. Second, with materials which have front and back; third, with branches; eventually, arrange in free style.
I did the first variation upright moribana in the workshop.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hydrangea delight

I wanted to use hydrangea to express the full and richness. Instead of using thin lines, I chose one large monstera leaf to form the backdrop and dramatic contrast, and it worked.
Queen Anne's lace was originally in the design, to give a soft feeling. But quickly, I found it would not add very effective value to the arrangement. So I didn't use Queen Anne's Lace in the main arrangement. Found a small glass vase, with the leftover of a small hygrangea, I made a bouquet, as if just picked from the country field.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

ikebana lesson 6/1/2007


Ikebana lesson 6/1/2007, free styles

1. Ikebana with found material (metal shelf)

2/3. Ikebana with non-botanic objects (alluminum wire)