There has been a flurry of ikebana activity of late. There were my two classes as well as the Ikebana International AGM and the Sogetsu workshop, all within three weeks.
At the Ikebana International AGM four out of the five heads of schools did a demonstration showcasing the styles of their individual schools. As always, members were encouraged to set up their own arrangements. For my arrangement, above, I used arum lilies and clivia nobolis flowers in a ceramic container that I bought at headquarters some years ago. Please go to the Ikebana International Melbourne for photos of the demonstration arrangements as well as those of the members.
For the class before last we workshoped kiwi vine, which was generously provided by my student Vicky. She had to have the top down on her sports car to fit the long vines to bring to class. Unless one is growing it, kiwi vine can be difficult to come by. I don't remember ever coming across it in a florist shop. We all enjoyed the chance to play with it and the added bonus is that it dries well, so is very long lasting.
|Nicole used a locquat branch and an aeonium zwartkop|
|Bredenia used an aspidistra leaf and a stelitzia|
|Jenny used mauve and yellow chrysanthemums|
|Janette used sunflowers in this tall metal|
|Vicky used white chrysanthemums, whose stems were hidden|
behind a chunky piece of the vine.
|Lucy used camellias in this very stable ceramic vase, which |
she recently purchased from an op shop.
|I wired the leaves for this modern arrangement.|
|Janette used this very smart container and just one variegated aspidistra|
leaf with the jonquils
|Nicole made this naturalistic arrangement with spring blossom|
branches and loropetalum along with the jonquils
|Bredenia's 'Pond' arrangement. She used weeping willow and oliander sprigs|
with the jonquils and their leaves
|Vicky used Siberian dogwood and|
aelstromeria psitaccina leaves
|Lucy used one split aspidistra leaf|
with the jonquils in her self-made
Bye for now,