Saturday, April 8, 2017

2 Free Style Arrangemants Using Leftover Materials

I will be absent and not be able to post on my blog for two weeks from 4/9 to 4/20/2017, because I am going to Okinawa, Japan for the 11th World Ikebana International Convention and visit my relatives in Taiwan afterwards. Since I will be going away, I cleaned up my ikebana room and used the leftover plant materials to create. Here are my arrangements:
cymbidium, climbing hydrangea/ ceramic vase
Self made recycled container with leftover materials

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Free Style Arrangement Using Rope Structure

In Hata Sensei's class this month, each student is asked to purchase 15 feet of twisted rope or hemp and 15 feet of #8 gauge wire, copper or other. We untwisted the rope a bit as we inserted the wire into it. Then we created a swooping movement with the rope to construct arrangements. It was a fun and creative class. 
The resulting arrangements shown below are 5 different designs of 5 students. Sensei's suggestion and correction made each arrangement look much prettier.  See below to compare the before and after.
My arrangement: rope, sunflower, mum, burning bush and magnolia leave/ ceramic vase

after cut the thin burning bush
Moved the calla lily down, looks more powerful

added some willow to soften

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Interview by PHS "GROW" Magazine

If you are a member of  Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS), you will get the seasonal magazine "GROW" four times a year. In this Spring issue, it has a lots of information about the 2017 Philadelphia flower show having the theme "Holland: Flowering the World." Beside all of the other topics is an article about Ikebana, for which I was interviewed by writer Laura Brandt.  On page 29-30, the article is called "DESIGN-Fresh Ideas for Building Beauty." It features my flower arrangement for the 2015 August Summer exhibition of Ikebana International Philadelphia Chapter #71,  held at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Laura asked me lots of questions about Ikebana, its history, my learning experience and what kinds of  hints that I could give to the readers who are interested in Ikebana.
If you would like to see the article, here is the link: GROW magazine

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Creating Movement" Using Contemporary Container

Lesson for March 20: "Creating Movement" in free style arrangement using contemporary style container.
 Lichen covered branch, forsythia and rice flower/ceramic container
classmate's arrangement

"Ah! Spring"

A design using Spring flowers such as: daffodils, tulips and flowering branches. Here are my designs for the March little show (MWGC).

Monday, March 20, 2017

Holland: Flowering the World" (3) - Ikebana

The flower show ran from 3/11 to 3/19/2017. The display section of Ikebana arrangements was  divided into three rotations (to keep flowers fresh and to give more ikebanaists a chance to show their arrangements), and included four schools (Sogetsu, Ohara, Ikenobo and Ichiyo). I was on volunteer duty on the opening day, Saturday, for two hours. I have never seen so many people come to see the show and view the Ikebana arrangements. Within that two hours, I had to answer all these questions about Ikebana and promote Ikebana International. A person told me that she likes the Ikebana section the most. A lot of people admired the Ikebana's artistic creations. Below are the arrangements for the first rotation only. If you like to see other 2 rounds of the Ikebana exhibition, you can check the website of  Ikebana International Philadelphia Chapter #71:
Sogetsu school
Sogetsu school
Sogetsu school
Sogetsu school
Ohara school
Ohara school
Ohra school
Ohara school
Ichiyo school

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Holand: Flowering the World - Orchids (2)

This year, the display of orchids was different. Most were Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Philanopsis, Oncidium...I didn't see any Cattleya in the display or maybe I missed them. The other pictures shown here were with winning ribbons.

Pressed flowers picture