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?).
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!