Sunday, September 21, 2008

Akane Teshigahara's A bunch of thoughts

Iemoto Akane arranged flowers for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako summit.

Read about her experiences, by clicking Akane Teshigahara's A bunch of thoughts

Nice pictures as well.

She also created an outdoor bamboo installation with members of the Hokkaido branch.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Casuarina and Lotus

The September workshop was hosted by Seethalakshmi at a farmhouse near Muttukadu, and it was a enjoyable morning, for besides the Ikebana, we saw a stone art gallery on the farm, went to the beach, had refreshing yelaneer, and a sumptuous lunch!  Thank you Seetha!

We were joined by the ladies from the Japanese Consulate, including Ms Minagawa, as well as her French guest Claire, who brought along 2month old Theodore, who was most adorable, and quickly developed a huge female fan following among us!

Over to the Ikebana.

The material in focus was casuarina, which grows on the farm, and there was also some lotus available.

Ashok used both in this creative composition below.  For me, the amazing aspect was the stiffness of the lotus stem. It did not need to be wired or anything!  (I have used it at home now, and the lotus has stayed erect as a bud for the last two days!

Seetha created this moribana arrangement, with red roses contrasting the yellow vase, and the brown berries providing a nice accent to the tall casuarina lines!

A no-kenzan creation by Molly (and Meenu?).

Our guest Claire also took part.  She is of the Ohara school.

Trishala used jerberas wired together for a special dramatic effect in this glass vase.  In the arrangement below, she used only the berries of the causarina as her main lines.

Vaishali's elegant wooden vase was complemented with this lovely linear composition above, while Chitra was thrilled at receiving Sensei Malathi's complements for her creation below!!

Meenu worked with an elegant tall Nagiere vase, with an interesting mouth (above), while Prerana did Moribana this time.

This is my attempt at using the "untidy" appearance of the casuarina to develop a them of wild and natural, combining white, yellow, brown and green, highlighted by the red of the carnation.

All (except me who was too lazy!) then went off to get their toes wet in the cool waters of the Bay of Bengal, walked to the top of a landscaped hillock to take in the view, and explored the lotus pond for more flowers!

Next workshop - 13th October at Trishala's residence!  No-kenzan arrangements.  And no, Nagiere not allowed!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Lines and curves

Lines and curves
Originally uploaded by sogetsudc
A different interpretation of the triangle Sogetsu vase. This arrangement by KEITH STANLEY can be seen on his website, along with a lot of other lovely work.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Next workshop

A reminder that the next workshop is on 16th September at 11 am at Seethalakshmi's farm house on the ECR at Muttukadu.

We will be using the casuarina branches from the farm.  Bring your flowers!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sogetsu school memories

March 12th 2007:
After the grand 80th anniversary Sogetsu demonstration and the celebratory dinner of the previous day, we get ready to attend an international students workshop at the School.  Our hotel, Marroad Inn Akasaka was well located within walking distance of Sogetsu, and so off we went early in the morning, with an air of anticipation!

It was a beautiful morning, and we made good time, and arrived at the building even before it opened!
The impressive glass-fronted Sogetsu building! So we wandered the streets for a little while.  And found the "old" tucked in with the "new".  All over Tokyo, there will be these little old homes or shrines you will come across, if you walk the streets.

There is a little road-corner park next to the school and we spied this first camelia bloom, in the otherwise, end-of-winter and brown scene.  Spring was just around the corner.
Another peculiarity - streets filled with commuters with their noses covered.  How conscious they are of not spreading their hay fever to others!

Finally, the school did open and we went into the grand foyer.  (No photography allowed here, and so I have no pictures).  The foyer is used to showcase the works of the past iemotos, like sculpture and other art work, which are permanent.  

Up in the lift, and into the classroom floor.  First off you see the flower shop, where, as part of the fees you are allowed one bunch of green material and one bunch of flowers.  There are so may exotic varieties, that I dont know what to choose!  

It seems a better strategy to go in pick a vase, and then choose flowers.

 The greens bunches...
and the flowers....

 and the array of vases on one wall.  There are more vases lining the other walls as well!

Malathi chooses to do a "no-kenzan" arrangement, and comes up with this lovely and dramatic composition.
I choose this blue tsubo pot, in order to learn the special fixture needed to work with this vase.  This involved one y-shaped twig horizontally wedged in the broadest part of the sphere, and one vertical y crossbar that fits into that!  This was my composition before correction.  After correction, it was less crowded and there was better use of space I remember.
Koka san demonstrates.  Click on the picture and take a look at what is written on the black board!

The nagiere arrangement

The no-kenzan exhibit.  Note how the branches use the sides of the container.

...and the clever use of wires!

After some fellowship with Koka san and her team, we left after a satisfying morning.  The next stop was the one-woman exhibition of Iemoto Akane at Takashimaya department store!

More pictures on that soon!

Revisiting Iemoto's demonstration

A lot of you have started visiting this blog recently.  I do not know how many of you know that there are short amateur video clips of Iemoto Akane's 80th Anniversary demonstration on this blog.

So, I am providing the link again.  I have corrected some uploading errors in the youtube clips.

Click here to revisit the demonstration!  Happy viewing!