Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ikebana lessons 09/26/2009

(1) Sandy

(2) Hua Jung

(3) Serena

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ikebana lessons 09/25/2009

(1), (2) Eileen and Yuko, Vines (book 4, lesson 6)

Book 4 themes are material and space. It's definitely a level above book 3, which themes are composition and line, color and mass. Simply, book 3 gives foundation for book 4. Today's lesson is the perfect example. How to arrange vines? There's no definitive way. It's free style. But where do you draw inspiration, or creative idea? Simple answer is book 3.

Eileen chose a pyramid shaped container. She originally wanted to arrange upright, which could be a good arrangement. But I challenged her to arrange side way. The end result also fit in the theme of book 3, lesson 2--horizontal arrangement.

Yuko chose a tall vase with a hole in the middle. She originally wanted to arrange in slanting way. I suggest she should take the shape of the container into consideration (book 3, lesson 11). She then created the upright arrangement with one vine passing through the hole.

(3) Wei, branches only

(4) Janelle, No. 2 variation upright nageire

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ikebana lessons 09/19/2009

Saturday class.

(1) Sandy, repeating form (book 3, lesson 17)

(2) Hua Jung, basic slanting

(3) Serena, basic upright

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ikebana lessons 09/18/2009

A fun class for everyone attended.

(1) Wei, (2) Eileen: dry materials (book 4, lesson 13), Dried bird of paradise leaves, upright amaranthus, lily, red oncidium.

(3) Yuko, disassemble and rearranging, cat's tail, liatris purple

(4), (5) Linda, No.1 slanting nageire and No. 2 slanting moribana

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ikebana lessons 09/11/2009

(1) Sandy: show the line at the base

(2) Janelle: No. 2 variation slanting

(3) Wei: leaves only

(4) Eileen: leaves only

(5) Yuko: leaves only

Monday, September 7, 2009

Ikebana lessons 09/07/2009

(1) Yuko/Ping: bird of paradise leaves (dry and fresh), hydrangea.

No kensan is used. Materials are balanced against each other. It's better if you can find a way to achieve the balance. Try to avoid using extra fixation as much as you can. Arrange dry materials first, because they are less flexible. You really cannot manipulate the dry materials.

(2) Sandy: surface formed by massing lines.