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Archive for September, 2013

White Stuff

I took a walk in the nearby fields last summer. The flowers that grew there were nothing fancy, but I picked two kinds to create a contrast of shape and colour. Leaving all the greens out this time lets the whiteness show all its shades.

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Blue in a Basket

Bright blue hydrangea, typha leaf and anthriscus sylvestris in a tall Japanese basket. I practiced bending circular shapes from the leaves. Made on my ikebana summer course in July 2013.

Teacher: Ranka

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Saffron Mocha

Saffron and mocha represent some of the colours in this piece, which was depicted in one of the heretofore unposted pictures from my ikebana summer course. I practiced both vertical mass and weaving, but mostly this was just free expression with garden plant materials: rudbeckia hirta and typha wrapped inside a veneer ornament.

Teacher: Ranka

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The Thin Pink Line

This photo was a surplus from last year’s summer course materials. I had forgotten to post this earlier, so here it is: a simple linear composition with a single pink peony and a typha leaf. They stand in a low-edged grey container, which is filled with lichen.

Teacher: Ranka

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Blue Manor

This composition was made in a harvest season workshop, which was held in a beautiful manor building on a beautiful, sunny Sunday. We focused on learning some basic weaving techniques. The result – the basket in which this arrangement stands – was made by me on the morning of the workshop day. The material was abundant, and we were encouraged to use plenty of leaf material and greens. There are altogether seven species of wild and cultivated garden plants in the basket.

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Stage two: the composition was later trimmed and made to stand in a more upright position. Also, an eighth material was added. Can you spot which one?

 

Teachers: Seiun, Shunran

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Damson Crane

An elevated composition with damson and lily. Half of the damson branches were pruned bare except for the ripe violet fruit. The leaves show in the background. At this point only one lily flower can be seen, but more will open their petals in the near future.

This was the first work I created for our exhibition.
Teacher: Shunran.

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