The Chennai Study Group was a relaxed bunch this morning, and the mood of anticipation was quite different from the nervous energy of the previous morning.
We looked forward to Singapore's Christopher Lim's demonstration, and he did not disappoint with drama, speed and creative flair.
|He was helped by an efficient team comprising some members of the Delhi chapter as well as a support staff when muscle was needed!|
|A colourful start|
|The composition away from the spotlight. Every arrangement that was done, would be moved to a side table for us to view later.|
|In this second arrangement, we learnt how to quickly balance and stabilise materials, and |
how key the technique of binding is.
|For his third piece, Lim used the woven mats found in our markets, which seem to have fascinated him.|
|He actually used the cutter to make "holes" in the mats through which the material passed into the vase.|
|The final composition, with the mats providing a linear mass, balanced by the colours of the crotons.|
|We quickly moved to the fourth piece, with a large gorgeous urn vase. the black painted design of the vase was mirrored in the driftwood used.|
|The gold painted Monstera leaves were an interesting use, with the bold hydrangeas for drama.|
|Chris Lim regaled his audience with stories of cutting the kumquat branches from|
Mrs Kantha Bukhari's garden. he was delighted to be able to use this material as
it is very expensive back in Singapore.
|He then speedily moved on to a different kind of composition, without kenzn or vase. These bleached branches were balanced against each other, and under his instruction the ladies deftly bound them together.|
|Using the bending technique that both he and Iemoto Akane demonstrated, the cypress branch was given a lovely flow in this composition. The white lines on the vase complemented by the peach blossoms.|
|The team then moved to the side table for this composition with large palm leaves|
|The large hanging heliconias adding drama and line.|
|The final composition|
|A basket-shaped vase with handle transformed with this arrangement with|
painted leaves and creeper.
|Combining of vases increases the scale of a composition.|
We witnessed the creation of such a large piece from the placing of the white rectangles to the manipulation of the large branch material, their wiring and stabilising and the placement of the flowers and fresh material.
|Lim directing the team.|
|View from the right side|
|The straight view|
|View from left of stage|
|And so the demonstration ended, with Chris Lim acknowledging the team and earning a huge applause.|
As Sensei Meenakshi said, "He worked in a systematic manner showcasing how one can keep audience alive and involved. The use of bright material adds to it. The arrangement i loved was the one with the cane mats."
Sensei Prerana had this to say, "This was also a show which can reach out to a diverse audience who does not understand Ikebana. And he was a master at that.I really liked some of his arrangements a lot."
Thank you Chris Lim and let us hope we see you again!