I'd like to start this post with some good news. I recently completed the exam for the promotion to Riji and I've just received notification from HQ advising that I was successful. So, in mid-March, Sam and I are booked to fly to Tokyo for 'Flower Thanks Day' to have it presented to me. I'm really looking forward to returning to Japan and seeing again people who were very kind to me when I was there and whom I now consider friends.
And now to some ikebana. For class last week I had set the theme of using branches in one arrangement and then taking the arrangement apart and using the branches in a completely different way.
Some examples follow.
Siberian Dogwood and ginger lilies
Siberian Dogwood stripped of leaves and joined
to create triangles. And pink and white Belladonna
Pomegranates and cotoneaster branches
Hawthorn, Agapanthus and bleached fern
Persimmon, Hydrangeas and Lisianthus
Metal mesh painted red, wisteria vine and New Zealand flax
(Helen chose not to use branches)
Weeping willow and Pandorea
Willow stripped of leaves and clivia
I would like to leave you with this freestyle arrangement by Aurelia Dong.
Bye for now,