September Workshop – Ichiyo School - Flat Form Ikebana
We welcomed many new members as we held our first meeting of the membership year at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Ichiyo Instructors Liz Lwara and Terri Voegeli led a workshop on the Basic Flat Form. The branch and flower materials are placed the same as the slanting form but the arrangement is short in height.
UPRIGHT / SLANTING FORMS focus on the beauty of the branch lines;
FLAT FORM focuses on the width of the arrangement. The FLAT FORM can be created in a single moribana or in two low containers.
August Workshop – Ichiyo School - Two Container Arrangements
Liz and Terre demonstrated using two containers to create a cohesive
arrangement so materials can “communicate” with each other.
This is done through splitting the basic upright or slanting form between the two containers or using freestyle approaches with crossing lines and mass.
With so much in bloom during August, materials from the summer season work together nicely to let your imagination go and have fun.
July Workshop – Ichiyo School - Focusing on the Container
Liz Larwa and Terre Voegeli led this workshop on the role of containers in an Ikebana arrangement. Such a great meeting with two instructors as they encouraged us to try out containers we were not sure how to use.
“The role of the container is often to coordinate and harmonize many different kinds of flowers while providing its own special accent to the ikebana arrangement with its color and shape....
The arranger’s task is to determine how to use this man-made container to realize harmony between its color, shape and volume, and the water and plants it holds.”
Akihiro Kasuya, former headmaster - Ichiyo School
May Workshop – Freestyle - Weaving and Artistry
Our chapter members enjoyed a wonderful day out at Camp Woodbury. Judy Charlick, a skilled ceramicist, basket weaver and instructor in the Ohara School came from Cleveland to lead a workshop entitled "Weaving and Artistry". In the morning we learned how to weave a reed form to incorporate into our arrangements. After lunch we made free style arrangements with them. Throughout the day we got to experience the beautiful natural environment at Camp Woodbury as well as the motto of Ikebana International "Friendship through Flowers" as we all got to know each other better. It truly was a day of creativity, friendship and rejuvenation.
For our April meeting Cheryl Linck, an instructor in the Ikenobo School of Ikebana, demonstrated how to make a Shoka Shofutai Isshu-ike which is a one material Shoka with Iris.This is a traditional form having three main parts: Shin, Soe, and Tai. Though Cheryl explained the Issuike form we had to modified the arrangements using a second material.
On a warm and sunny March, Janet Knowlton taught the Ichiyo school of Ikebana, focusing on the Basic Moribana Upright and Slanting Style - one of the basics of Ikebana. Janet demonstrated proportion, line, and
stem placement to create a beautiful and balanced arrangement. Janet discussed how to move beyond basic arrangement elements to use line to create movement. She also demonstrated the additional elements of space and mass.. This was another great opportunity for both the seasoned practitioner and beginners to step back to the basics to help us grow in this beautiful art.
On a warm and wonderful February, Leslie Rosinski taught Sogetsu school of Ikebana, focusing on the Basic Upright Style - the very basis of Ikebana. We measured our stems and placed them at certain angles within the kenzan as to achieve a pleasing effect. We do many free-style arrangements, but it is always good for both the seasoned practitioner and beginners to step back to the basics to help us along our way within this beautiful art.
For our January chapter meeting, Ichiyo instructor, Liz Larwa, led a workshop in creating a New Year’s arrangement using the basic upright style and focusing on traditional Japanese materials. We used pine, chrysanthemum, red berries and other materials. We learned about Mizuhiki, a cord which is often used in Japan in New Years arrangements, cards, gifts etc. as a symbol of warmth, affection, and togetherness. We learned various ways we can use it in our arrangements.
For our December chapter meeting, Janet Knowlton of the Ichiyo School led our holiday centerpiece workshop. The arrangement could include a candle for a festive look with variety of different materials to add interest and compliment the arrangement. We hope everyone enjoys these throughout the holidays on your table, entryway, or sideboard.
You may have seen this mentioned in the Ikebana Headquarter newsletter and the most recent NCAR Seedlings. In reflection, our newsletter will be including small vignettes of past chapter events.
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