|Bromeliad flowers courtesy of my generous neighbour, Thomas|
It's been a busy time ikebana wise lately. We had our first Ikebana International meeting for the year and a week later, we had our Sogetsu Annual General Meeting and workshop.
At the II meeting we enjoyed a talk on Sumi-e (ink brush painting) by Emi Kamataki, who is a very experienced practitioner of this ancient art form.
Before Ms Katamaki's very informative talk, the members were asked to make an arrangement using the theme Japanese Art Work/Sumi-e.
The first Japanese art work that came to mind for me was the giant yellow pumpkin on Naoshima island by Yoyoi Kusama. This is because I had recently seen the documentary about her life, 'Infinity'. Also I had visited Naoshima with Sam in 2014 and was quite impressed by this sculpture sitting on a jetty and greeting visitors as they approach the island. There was, also, an exhibit of hers at the NGV in 2017 called 'Flower Obsession'. I had taken the two older grandchildren to that, something we all enjoyed.
|I used fishbone fern and hydrangeas to reference the giant pumpkin|
After the Sogetsu Annual General meeting a workshop was conducted by Angeline Lo on the theme from book 4 and book 5 of an 'Arrangement without a kenzan'. This means that branches and other materials are to be arranged in a suiban (shallow dish) without the use of a kenzan. There's quite a degree of difficulty in balancing the materials whilst creating a pleasing arrangement. I used some large branches of viburnum opulus and agapanthus intending to make the 'legs' of the arrangement vertical but the side branches were too weak to hold the weight, so I ended up with this 'tee-pee' style instead. Not my favourite look.
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|As this is a large arrangement, I used two suibans to|
|Lucy used Hawthorn berries and New Zealand flax|
|Nicole used dried Manchurian Pear brunches and kangaroo paw|
Leaves can vary greatly in colour, texture, shape and size, so that it is not difficult to create a pleasing arrangement without adding flowers. For this exercise we use only individual leaves not leaves on a branch. Two or more different types of leaves should be used and thin leaves, such as dietes or spear grass are to be avoided as they are considered 'lines' in this context.
|Lucy used a strelitzia nicolai, a strelitzia regianae|
and New Zealand flax leaves
|Bredenia used bird's nest fern, philodendron and some small|
curly leaves, whose name is unknown to me
|Vicky used a canna lily leaf and two|
clivia leaves in her minimalist arrangement
|Shaneen used New Zealand flax and leucadendrons|
I've really enjoyed using these garlic flowers, which, apart from being large and beautiful, they are very long lasting because they dry without changing appearance. In the arrangement, below, I have used the flowers from a previous arrangement I did in late December. They still look great two and a half months later.
Bye for now,
|I used dietes leaves with the garlic flowers|