|Viburnum Opulus branch,cotoneaster horizontalis berries (red) and melia|
We are becoming more and more conscious of reducing waste in all aspects of our lives. This includes our ikebana, where we are encouraged to reuse materials as much as possible. Mr Kawana made a particular point of this in one of his very early visits to Melbourne and I have been trying to follow his instructions as much as possible.
|The same vine in a wall arrangement|
with hydrangea and echinops
|'Arrangement Using Vine'|
Wisteria, cotoneaster berries and hydrangea
|'Dried Bleached or Coloured Material'|
Coloured Acacia aphyla, horsetail and peones
|The same horsetail with rose|
I made this arrangement with some leftover materials but I wasn't completely happy with it. When we were discussing this in class, I realized what it was that bothered me about it. The mahonia flowers were placed naturalistically, whereas the leaves were more modern.
So, I gave it a 'haircut'. I think it's an improvement
And once the mahonia flowers died, I replaced them with this hydrangea
You may remember, on a previous post, my delight in all my beautiful agapanthus flowers. Well, I was much less delighted when I had to remove them all after they died. It was a long and tiring job but it gave me the opportunity to play around with flowers and stems.
|'Only one kind of material'|
|The same arrangement a week later|