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Archive for December, 2013

Christmas Flowers for 2013

This year’s Christmas flowers imitate an alternative Christmas tree; it is not a spruce but a red-berried Quercus ilex. Below is a bed of wheat and Swiss pine upon which rests a collection of white and lime green flowers.

Teacher: R.Raita

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Christmas Greens for 2013

A planted Christmas arrangement made of green materials only. There is one small white azalea that is in bloom, but it blends in with the white shades of the nerve plant (Fittonia verschaffeltiiā€ˇ). The other plants are maidenhair vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa), common ivy (Hedera helix), a star or rose-shaped sempervivum, and a taller silver-coated plant whose name I can’t recall.

Teacher: R.Raita

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Leafosphere

An ikebana arrangement made of leaves only.

Teacher: Shunran

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Rooted Lime

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This arrangement plays with contrasts: it’s a combination of painted material (black and white), natural elements, some of which are fresh and others dry, and lines, some of which are curvy and others rather straight. The lime green colour of the asclepias is one of my favourites.

Teacher: Shunran

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Playing with tall dimensions and straight lines

Teacher: Shunran

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Flamingo Luxury

Flamingo Luxury

My husband bought me a bucketful of tall purple leaves along with some exotic flowers for this weekend ikebana course. Here’s what I made of them.

Teacher: Shunran

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Mangrove Lily

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A quick team composition on a dry painted root base. The rhododendron hovers nicely above the base, leaving plenty of empty space in the mid-section. A red dry stick material gives a colour accent to the top section.

Teacher: Shunran

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Upwards

Arranged as teamwork of three, this tall composition mainly makes use of dry materials, except for the fresh thuja greens at the bottom. The seasonal leafless birch seems dry, although it isn’t.

Teacher: Shunran

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Seasonal Yellow

But which season? The materials – tulip and juniper – could theoretically evoke Christmas time, but combined with this pair of yellow vases, the impression rather suggests Easter and spring time. This double feature is a practice of using low and wide angles with branches. It became one of my instant favourite positions. Made on Shunran’s weekend course in November 2013.

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Tulip Giftbox

Juniper, orange parrot tulip and decorative berries in a red square vase. Made on an ikebana weekend course.

Teacher: Shunran

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