Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ikebana Exhibition at TAC/NE- My arrangements(3)

This year's Ikebana program at TAC/NE, I had two pieces of arrangement. One for exhibition, the other one was demonstration piece. I also helped out for stage decoration.  
1) My large arrangement: "Rustic Beauty" is the title.
Material: Azalea, Sunflower, Cornflower head, Yarrow, Arborvitae and a piece of lichen covered branch ( I found it from a dead tree). A piece of wood trunk for base.
Container: Africa wood crafted container. 
2) My demonstration piece: Using both fresh and unconventional materials
Material: Plastic file cover (cut in triangle shape to echo the container), Solomon seal, Sunflower and vine. The vine softens the shape of container and show some movement. I purposely selected color contrast with purple plastic and yellow sunflower.
Container: Triangular ceramic vase with three holes.
I felt a little bit challenge to arrange this triangle vase from behind. To do a demonstration, you should have a teacher's certificated paper, and you should stand behind, face the audiences to do the arrangement.       
"Rustic Beauty" By Lynn J. Lee
close up
"Shaped by Obstacle" By Lynn J. Lee

Tried and practiced at home from behind

Friday, July 6, 2018

Ikebana Exhibition at TAC/EC (2)

 Once again, the Sogetsu Bux Mont Study Group held an Ikebana Exhibition program at the Taiwanese America Conference / North East (TAC/NE). We had more than 550 people, young and old, three generations attended the Conference Summer Camp.
Ikebana exhibition, demonstrations and workshop were just one of many programs.
Here are the Sogetsu Buxmont Study Group members' arrangements:
" Never Ending Story " by Chih Huang
"Sun Rise-Sun Set" by Doris Liu
"On the Hiking Trails" by Sim
"Picnic" by Karen Lewis
"Zen" by Meei-Huey Lin

"Clarity" by Mary
"Talking Among Ourselves"
"Amazing Ropes" by Betty
"Blessing" by YoonJung Jeong

"Golden Delight" by Lititia
"The Quiet Moment" by Ann Tran
"Taiwan on Top of The World" by Lititia Chen

"Summer Fade" by Mary and "Stay Connected" by Betty

Workshop arrangements by participants

Thursday, July 5, 2018

TAC/EC - TANG Conference - 2018 (1)

Taiwanese American Conference / East Coast (TAC/EC) and Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) have been put together to form a once a year Summer Camp and conference for 15 years now. This is our 49th year for the first generation. Time goes so fast, some campers have 3 generations together to have a family reunion here, some just to have a good time with old friends or to meet new friends.
Besides, the conference offers various topics for discussion, relevant to life in the states and relate to current and future development in Taiwan. Serious political subjects, enjoyment of music concerts and Ikebana exhibition or workshop to suit everyone's interests.   
Our theme this year is "Love Taiwan motherland, protect Taiwan sovereignty". We are Taiwanese American, we love our adopted country and we are concerned about our motherland Taiwan's security. It was held in West Chester University PA, from July 1-4, 2018
Designed by Lititia Chen and Alice Chen

Designed by Chih Huang and Lynn Lee

Friday, June 22, 2018

"Spring into Summer" Arrangements

Ikebana International, Washington, D.C., Chapter No.1 presents a program: Luncheon and Demonstration by Diana Cull, Riji, Sogetsu. "Spring into Summer" was the theme of arrangement. It was held on June 20, 2018, at Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria, Virginia.
We had six I.I. members from Buck County, we went together to D.C. by mini van to attend this program. It took us 5 hours to get there (3 hours in nominal time) and 5 hours home. The traffic was so congested and slow. Then we found out what happened next day. The Washington Post reported "A daytime bridge crash clogged D.C. area traffic into the night". I was dead tired and thinking we were a bunch of Ikebana nuts.

Here were her demonstration arrangements: 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Celebration Luncheon To Honor Hata Sensei's Award

For June's class, instead of a regular class, we stretched our learning as we explored the new lessons in Textbook 5. We all watched the book 5 video from Japan Sogetsu Headquarters. This is required for additional teaching certificates. (I got my certificate last year to attend master's workshop, he's from Japan but was held in NYC). It took two hours to watch in the morning session. We had learned some new skills and reviewed all that we had already learned.
After the morning session, we all gathered (more than 20 students) at the nice restaurant for lunch to honor Mrs. Hata's award from the Japanese government: The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays ( please check 4/9/2018 post ) and to celebrate our friendship through ikebana. This was so wonderful to end our session before Summer break. Our Main Line Study Group will resume class in September.
 Main Line Study Group chair person and Hata Sensei
 
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Peony- 2018

All different kinds of Peony. They are my youngest daughter's favorite flower. I love them but they are unfortunately short lived. 

Iris- 2018

My Japanese Irises and other types of irises this year.





Garden 2018 Spring

I've been especially looking forward to this spring's blooms. Most of the flowers were transplanted from our old home, only a few were purchased new. I really wasn't sure how they would do. But the results were pretty good even though there were fewer flowers! And some were quite good because the soil here is a bit sandier (we are near the Delaware River bank) and good for certain plants. You'll see my peonies and irises in the next two posts. Next year there may be even more flowers!
Mountain Laurel


Honey suckle
Weigela
Many kinds of Hoata


New addition Hosta
Clematis