Saturday, October 22, 2016

Back to Basic and Free Style- Hata Sensei's Class

This month's lessons continue our study of basics. It's a good thing that I must review all over again. Especially because I should practice these arrangements from behind, as a teacher or demonstrator would do.
Lesson 1) Basic Upright Style Moribana.
Lesson 2) Basic Upright Style Nageire.
Lesson 3) Free Style: Using Fall Color or Practice and prepare for annual Ikebana exhibition at Long wood Gardens. It will be the last weekend of October (10/29-10/30/2016).
Lesson 1 upright style Moribana
Lesson 2 upright style Nageire
My practice and prepare for Long wood Gardens.
Material: Drift wood, Winter berry, ornamental cabbage, mum,
 statice and green. Container: Pottery  

My Fall arrangement
Vine, hydrangea, mum, nandinar, winter berry and
green in the ceramic tall vase 

Free Style: Hata sensei's demo, front view 

The view from back,  I like this side better
Hata Sensei's another demo

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sogetsu BuxMont Study Group Exhibition - " Fall into Ikebana "

The exhibition was held on 10/8/2016. The study group members had been working so hard and attentively. We had more than 25 arrangements plus a huge beautiful center piece by our teacher Meei Huey Lin . It was a successful exhibition and attracted more than a hundred people to come to see it.
At first, l would like to show my two arrangements:
1) " Wandering Around Nature"  is a traditional free style design. I followed the theme using a piece of long vine (wild grape vine?), it is soft enough to bend around my old Japanese ceramic vase.   Seasonal Firethorn berry, Hydrangea and not so dried Hosta leaves to complete my arrangement.
2) " Moon Shine" is a contemporary design. This metallic crescent moon with silvery Allium seed pods and hydrangea symbolizes the shining stars in the October Autumn sky.
The third picture is our teacher's center piece, it is really beautiful! The rest of other pictures follow below.

"Fall into Ikebana"

Autumn Galore. By Chih Huang
Fall Festival. By Latitia Chen 
Evergreen Fall.
 By Mary Swierczynski
Ikebana and Food in Dialogue
By Betty Tsai

Golden Fall
By Betty Tsai
My fall into Ikebana
By Grazynka Shaarani

Skyfall. By June Wu
Broke back Mountain. By June Wu
Go Modern.
 By Meei huey Sensei
By Doris Liu

Dancing with Me.
By MeeiHuey Sensei
Enchanted Melody.
By doris Liu
Phoenix. By Ying Chen
Autumn's Loss. By Mary
Night at Abandoned City. By Chih Huang

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Ohara Autumn"

The first meeting of the Ikebana International was held on 10/6/2016. The opening luncheon was with a demonstration by Ingrid Luders, the recipient of the Meiji Ichijikin Award for her outstanding contributions in the promotion of Ohara school. Every piece of her demonstrations were beautiful! I especially like the first picture below, using six giant painted Allium seed pods and glass tubes for flowers, no kazens. It is stunning!