|A spring oasis in a cold and dreary winter.|
Judging from the photograph above, you can be forgiven for thinking that spring has arrived in Melbourne. Not quite. This was taken during the winter solstice but the material is Prunus mume, Japanese flowering apricot, which blooms in early winter. The large pink peones were brought to class by my student, Guy, who very generously, brought enough for all the class to share.
Our most recent Sogetsu workshop was run by Lara Telford, who had set the theme of 'Wabi Sabi and ikebana'. This is a difficult concept to describe, but Lara, after much research and, despite the restriction of only 20 minutes of explanation, managed to help us understand this Japanese aesthetic a little better. We also learnt a lot by watching her excellent critique and correction. I recommend you visit our website - sogetsuikebanavic.weebly.com, where you'll see some very interesting work by our members.
|This is the corrected version of my arrangement. I, originally, had more garrya elliptica|
and hydrangeas, which Lara, quite rightly, suggested I remove.
For my arrangement I challenged myself by using one of the branches that grew vertically, with very little character.
|Persimmon branch, oranges and cotoneaster berries|
|Vicky - Glass vase with chrysanthemums|
|Bredenia - Caprosma caro red and hellebores|
|Lucy - Tulips|
|Garrya eliptica and snow drop|
The next two are by Aurelia
|Camellia and jonquil|
One of the most challenging themes in our curriculum is 'In a Suiban without Kenzan', which is near the end of Book 4. Some fixing techniques are usually required but they must be discrete and the structure should stand alone without relying on resting against the sides of the container. This is Nicole's arrangement.
|Corky elm and calla lilies|
|In my arrangement I used hawthorn with dark coloured berries|
and New Zealand flax. Initially I tried using flowers with the
structure but it became too fussy, hence the flax.
Below are the first of my Green Goddess lilies, that had to be picked and arranged.
Bye for now,