First of all, thank you to all of you who wrote to tell me about my mystery plant. It is called arum italica and the photograph, above, shows the very attractive leaves. The flower, if left on the plant, will develop into showy red berries. I wish I had known that before I cut the flower. Oh well, something to look forward to next year.
Last week's class theme for the senior students was, again, taken from the old book 4. It was lesson no 7 - 'Freestyle arrangement using student's hand-made container'.
For those of you who do not have it, here is the quote from that lesson - ' Making your own container enables you to develop your talents in Ikebana. When a container made by the one who arranges flowers is used success is guaranteed for he or she knows the container intimately. Any material may be used: clay, ceramic, tin cans, paper cartons, pumice stones. It is better to use your own ideas and be original than to copy a container seen previously. While making a container imagine how you are going to use it and how the materials will be arranged in it. This will lead to a more interesting and satisfying result.'
Over the years I've made many different types of container for this lesson. Below are the two I worked on this time.
|Sheet of aluminium, with spuria iris and |
nandina seed head
|Ceramic container I made earlier this year at the Sogetsu kiln. With calla lily|
and loquat stem
|Helen Novic used pleated aluminium with |
roses and wisteria vine
|Robyn Unglik also used aluminium with calla lilies|
|Vicky Kalokathis used 2 stainless steel pipes which|
her clever husband welded to create this big and
impressive container. She used kiwi vine and roses.
|Lucy Papas used cardboard, navy on one side and|
white on the other, with umbrella grass and an
Her favourite of all grasses, however, is umbrella grass. When she sees me coming in with it, she gets so excited that it's the equivalent of a cat happy dance. Any arrangement with umbrella grass has to be placed out of her reach. Lucy's arrangement, above, had to be done twice because the first one was eaten.
|Please forgive me this little indulgence!|
|Freestyle arrangement by Aurelia Dong. The strange looking|
looking material are banksias before they are fully developed
|Nicole MacDonald's freestyle arrangement using vines.|
My arrangement using vine. I'm disappointed
that my prized mollis azalea in pale yellow
does not show up in the photo
And a little announcement - on Saturday, 3rd December I will be conducting an ikebana workshop at the Park Orchards Community Centre.
Bye for now,