|Japanese maple, crepe myrtle and nerines|
The arrangement, above, was done by Aurelia Dong. It is the last lesson in Book 4 of our curriculum and is called 'You in Ikebana'. I was very proud of this work but, I fear, the photograph doesn't do it justice.
At last month's Ikebana International meeting Lara Telford ran a workshop on colour. The members were divided into five groups, with each group assigned a colour. We were to use blue, brown, green, purple and gold and/or silver. I was in the unenviable, brown group. My first instinct was to refuse to take part but I gave myself a good talking to and got on with the job. Then, as luck would have it, I found in my work room a piece of bamboo blind that I had cut away from the blind I used in my exhibit at the Flower and Garden show. It was, certainly, brown and I was able to twist it into an interesting shape. My sedum, which was turning brown came in very handy and I finished the arrangement with some Begonia Erythrophylla leaves in a tall stainless steel vase.
Please click on II Melbourne for all the photographs of the workshop.
|Betty used the part of the palm leaf that attaches to|
the trunk with strelitzia leaves and celosias
|Toula's arrangement using the 'inflorecence' on which the fruit|
are grown with a fatsia leaf and flowers
|I used a palm spathe over a large ceramic vase, with nandina|
domestica nana, leucodendrons and strands of inflorecence
|Shaneen Garbutt used a bird's nest fern, aspidistra leaves, Singapore orchids and|
|I used canna lily leaves,New Zealand flax, fishbone ferns and Hawthorn berries|
|Shaneen's woven tray with what looks like an Autumn harvest|
|I used carrots, persimmons and a bull rush plant|
with the roots attached on a lacquered board
I leave you with this cute, little arrangement, in which I used squiggly grass and alstroemeria psittacina flowers.