Saturday, August 11, 2018

Back to Basic Style and Straight Line

 In teacher Meei Huey Lin's class on August 7th.  I choose two subjects for my arrangement. One was any variation of Nageire style. Because I would like to refresh my technical skill for tall vase arrangement. The materials were magnolia branch, zinnia and black eye Susan in the ceramic vase. The other one was straight line arrangement. All the materials that I needed, found in my garden.
Horizontal Style Nageire.

Horse tail, zinnia and Japanese Anemone
Done in the class, without zinnia

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Orchids - July and August Bloom

Thinking about my orchids, I am not so happy and feel sorry for them. They are not growing well at all in these days!
See! I have only three orchids blooming for July and August.
Cat. April Blossom
Onc. Pacific Panache
Long last orchid. Encyclia "Green hornet"

Friday, August 3, 2018

My Summer Garden 2018

After all my Spring flowers faded (most of them were perennial plants). Now it's Summer flower's turn, some of them are blooming beautifully, because of so much rain in June and July. The trees, shrubs, grass and even the weeds are so green and lush. The landscaping of my front yard looks a bit crowded compare to last year.
Heleniun, (Mardi Gras)

Corn Flower (most common)

red corn flower
yellow corn flower
white corn flower
day lily
day lily
Japanese Aneumoni
black eye Susan

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