Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Hindu reports on the exhibition

Photo courtesy Raja Ramakrishnan
The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Something outlandish about the scent wafting from expo

A very strange headline, dont you think? What did they have in mind?! Anyway, here's the article:

CHENNAI: It was a riot of colour at the hall, which played host to a variety of flowers from the simple Bougainville flower to the exotic Ooty varieties, dry wood and bamboo. The students experimented with containers in which the flower/foliage arrangements were made: ceramic vases, glass dishes, an antique spice box and a colourfully painted circular lunch-box.

A three-day Ikebana exhibition, organised by the Tamil Nadu centre of the ABK-AOTS Dosokai at Lalit Kala Akademi here, provides a glimpse of the Japanese art form of arranging flowers.

It was inaugurated on Friday by Lan Minagawa, wife of the Consul-General of Japan Kazuo Minagawa, and presents the work of a team of Sogetsu Study Circle.

Sogetsu Ikebana is a school that allows room for experiment with flowers, plants and containers, the students say. It is less conservative than others that expect the flower arrangers to wear the traditional Japanese costume and follow the rules strictly.

College professor Pushkala Arumugam, who has been learning the art for a year, says being allowed to use material available gives her “a lot of scope for imagination”. S. Venkatesh, also a fresher, has used bamboo and offset it with flowers from his garden. Ashok Bhoopathy has used a branch of custard apple, thrown in a few flowers and displayed an interesting, unexpected ensemble.

Malathi Pandurang, who heads the study circle, says a person should be able to respond to the “raw material” when one sees it. “It is the art of harmonising two different kinds of materials,” she says. “The flowers add colour to the green foliage or the dry wood.”

The exhibition, titled ‘Facets of Sogetsu Ikebana’, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Monday.


Its actually open only until tomorrow evening - Sunday evening!

Something outlandish about the scent wafting from expo

Ikebana exhibition gives a glimpse of Japanese art form of arranging flowers
Special Correspondent
- PHOTO: S. THANTHONI.

Eye-catching: An exhibition of the Japanese art of flower arrangement, which was inaugurated in Lalit Kala Akademi on Friday.

CHENNAI: It was a riot of colour at the hall, which played host to a variety of flowers from the simple Bougainville flower to the exotic Ooty varieties, dry wood and bamboo. The students experimented with containers in which the flower/foliage arrangements were made: ceramic vases, glass dishes, an antique spice box and a colourfully painted circular lunch-box.

A three-day Ikebana exhibition, organised by the Tamil Nadu centre of the ABK-AOTS Dosokai at Lalit Kala Akademi here, provides a glimpse of the Japanese art form of arranging flowers.

It was inaugurated on Friday by Lan Minagawa, wife of the Consul-General of Japan Kazuo Minagawa, and presents the work of a team of Sogetsu Study Circle.

Sogetsu Ikebana is a school that allows room for experiment with flowers, plants and containers, the students say. It is less conservative than others that expect the flower arrangers to wear the traditional Japanese costume and follow the rules strictly.

College professor Pushkala Arumugam, who has been learning the art for a year, says being allowed to use material available gives her “a lot of scope for imagination”. S. Venkatesh, also a fresher, has used bamboo and offset it with flowers from his garden. He has used a branch of custard apple, thrown in a few flowers and displayed an interesting, unexpected ensemble.

Malathi Pandurang, who heads the study circle, says a person should be able to respond to the “raw material” when one sees it. “It is the art of harmonising two different kinds of materials,” she says. “The flowers add colour to the green foliage or the dry wood.”

The exhibition, titled ‘Facets of Sogetsu Ikebana’, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Monday.

Credit : http://www.hindu.com/2009/01/31/stories/2009013158880300.htm

Friday, January 23, 2009

Workshop November 2008

Following the coaxing and cajoling from all others, I have been goaded to post these photos, from our last worskhop. The reluctance on my part was becuase of the horrible quality of the photos, which do no justice to the arrangements.

I warned you!

Venkatesh, I think?

I have forgotten completely who did which, so if any of you remember, please do post a comment!

Vaishali

Who?  Prerana?  

Meenu?

Molly, I think

Prerana

Vaishali

Seetha

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Flowering plants that grow on the edges of standing water

I was desperately looking for Flowering plants that grow on the edges of standing water and I found these pictures :) All of them grow close to water bodies - lakes, ponds etc. I wish i got some of these for the exhibition for my arrangements. Please visit the following link for more details and pictures: http://www.ontariowildflower.com/lakeedge.htm
Blue Flag
Water Parsnip
Loosestrife Purple Plant
Marsh St John'swort flower - (I simply love this ) Cardinal Flower Marsh Marigold



Pampas Grass (I am sure I have found this in my place :) )


Monday, January 12, 2009

A Perfetct Match


In Ieomoto's words..."The theme is “mismatch”. A banana was installed in a delicate basket, and to reinforce the theme, a similar colored and shaped curcuma arrangement was added."
Material: Musa velutina, Curcuma
Vessel: Bamboo basket
Arrangement by : Akane Teshigahara
Courtesy : http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/english/exhibition/archive.html

Observation of Vase & Material



Here is an arrangement by Iemoto Akane. It is described as :
"This is the result of careful observation of vase and materials and that uses lines to capture the surface characteristics. Within the simple construction lies the subtley of the relationship of materials and space."
Material: Sunflower, East Indian Lotus ; Vessel: Ceramic vase ; Size: 68x38x30cm

Courtesy : http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/english/exhibition/archive.html