Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Bangalore visit of the Study Group members

The flower shop!
Dear members, Meenakshi Sarin, Prerana Mehta, Shobhaa Ramji and I visited the Bangalore Sogetsu Chapter on the 15th of September and a
programme of interaction was organised.

Upon our arrival in Bangalore, All 4 of us
picked our flowers from a wholesale outlet on our way to Lal Bagh where we were to meet the Bangalore Chapter members.  I cannot convey to all of you the awe and joy at seeing the abundance of colourful flowers!  Not only were the buckets  full of colourful flowers, there were
bunches on the floor waiting to be placed and another van of flowers was waiting outside to unload. You can imagine what a variety we had to choose from as they were half the price we pay for them herein Chennai!

We did 4 free style arrangements.

Meenu, using the coconuts with umbrella plants  jerberas

Prerana wished her arrangement to be minimalistic and used dry bamboo
and jerberas,

Shobhaa used strong stems of heliconia with streletzia

I used my garden bamboo with chryanthemums.
There was a quiz on Sogetsu and Chennai fared very well. The Bangalore Chapter has invited us to participate in their formal function to be held on 17th December. This interaction was a different style from the New Delhi one and I am glad the few members have had to see both of them. Do talk to them to get more interesting detail.

 The Bangalore members used as festive theme in their arrangements.

 From the Bangalore chapter, the Director Mrs. Nirmala
Narayanmurthy did a festive theme 'Gokulastami' bringing out the
butter bowl,'srungara rasa' as musical notes and Krishna was in a
Founder Director Mrs. Saraswati used a morimono theme for

Past-Director Mrs.
Bhargavi  did 'Gowri-Ganesa' in a vase made of bangles using red and
yellow roses as a symbol of auspiciousness

She also did an 'ukibana' as 'girls
playing hop-skotch

There were three Variation 5 arrangements as that style came in handy to display festive season. On the whole there were 20 arrangements displayed. We really enjoyed these exhibits in the Jubilee Hall of Lalbagh.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September workshop - working with unusual containers

Our September workshop was on Sep 12th at the ABK-AOTS Dosokai hall, on Nelson Manickam Road, and the them was unusual containers.

It was very nice to see three new faces, students brought by Meenu, and we do hope to see them more often.

Malathi sensei started off proceedings by quickly showing us the use of the old, discarded woven cane pieces from her home chairs, and converting them into a lovely vase!
The cane used as vases

Molly used a gift bag

The completed arrangement by sensei Malathi

Members had brought various materials and containers to work with. 
Chitra brought her child's toy train, and see below for the full arrangement

Shobhaa brought an old pickle jar, and also used a plaiting technique for the green material, details of which can be seen below.

Nirmala worked with a copper kitchen vessel

Pushkala placed a whitecoral/shell on top of an ollock measure and created a striking linear arrangment that can be seen below.

Sitalakshmi used a ceramic tea-pot

Meenu used dried coconuts as her containers

By Jennifer, one of the guests

By Jayanthi, another of the guests

By Divya, also a guest

Ambika used a pair of cardboard packing boxes, after painting them.