Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wall Design Ikebana

We planted some bamboo in our backyard 14 years ago, when we built this house. Now it looks like a bamboo forest. In ikebana, we use bamboo quite often. For my wall design, I used bamboo to make an irregular shape, then hanged a trimmed Japanese maple branch, and next glued a piece of tree bark to cover the water tube so I could add an iris and sweet peas into the arrangement. The right side of the hard board leave a negative space. My teacher said this was necessary and important.

After my teacher's criticisms, she said do it again and title it for next lesson. She said that my bamboo should stick up and stick out at the top. But I had no more iris and sweet pea, so I substituted Clementius. Some of flowers wilted already( I picked them that morning), but the teacher said it was okay. I think this is a natural way to show that life is not always perfect. So I titled it, "Don't worry, be happy."

1 comment:

  1. I think extending the bamboo at the top of the arrangement makes a big difference!