Thursday, March 28, 2013

Exciting variety of compositions from sensei Meenu and her students

Sensei Meenu and her students displayed a variety of styles and variations in our annual exhibition.  From no-kenzan compositions to minimal interpretations to sing of local material, enjoy the compositions below.

By Meenu - Inspired by the marsh I see everyday from my window.  In a black moribana fibreglass suiban,
I have used tamarind branches and guava branches without kenzan, canna buds, amaralyis and water hyacinth.
I think l will call it The nest.
By Meenu - "Connections".  The unusual shaped ceramic containers were connected with  wanda orchids, green mocha orchids and a colored bamboo vine
By Meenu - "Twin Towers"  The woven branches of palm added an unusual touch, and the interesting openings in the vase were used to add colour with button chrysanthemums.
By Divya - Using the openings of the ceramic vase, and adding height with the tall bird of paradise
By Divya - Teak branches used  in a composition in the open style variation

By Meenu - Minimalism.  Brds of Paradise flowers with hosta lily leaves in a ceramic vase.

By Zaitoon - A simple tabletop with sans savera leaves and gladioli flowers

By Meenu - I call this Kalpataru.  Two cleaned and polished coconut shell form the base, inside which I have placed a small container that holds the flowers and greens. 

         Materials used were 2 coconut shoots,3 mocha orchids,a branch of alamanda

Chitra focuses on family and celebrations

Chitra created her arrangements with her usual flair and joy.  And also helped Malathi sensei to recreate Seetha's compositions, as a  result of which Seetha was also present in spirit, despite being pulled away from the city unavoidably during the exhibition.
By Chitra - A large palm leaf, bulrushes, chrysanthemums and limoneum, in a ceramic vase. I title this Achievement, a child grows and stands tall like the bulrush.  

Seetha's granite vase composition recreated in absentia  by Malathi and Chitra!

By Chitra - Family.  Celebrations bound together with values and traditions.  Monstera, heliconia in a shell plate

Another of Seetha's composition presented in absentia by Chitra and Malathi

By Chitra - Birds nest fern, anthurium flowers, limoneum and driftwood in a square glass plate.  Through
life's ups and downs, grow tall and shine bright.
By Chitra - "An Auspicious welcome" - Coconut fronds and monstera leaves arranged in a granite

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hana Matsuri Japan fest

ABK AOTS Dosokai has organised a festival of Japanese craft and art, to celebrate Hana Matsuri, the girls festival.

The senseis of the Sogetsu Study Group, Chennai have also participated, and we have worked with a theme of pink, to celebrate the girl child.

Do go and visit the exhibition, which also includes bonsai, dolls and clay flowers.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prerana and Trishala create together

By Prerana and Trishala - There are a pair of old, copper boilers, one each from our homes!  We used the coal in the base to provide a framework.  The heliconia was like the heat rising up and the white limoneum clouds like puffs of steam!  The two boilers are unified in composition by the brown plastic swirls.  It was an exciting challenge to create such a large, joint composition!
By Prerana - Bird's nest.  Bamboo sticks tied together to create a bird's nest.  The yellow lily signifies the life-giving energy from the sun.

By Trishala - the beautiful caladium leaf is showcased.  I emphasized line by displaying the alstromeria as a bundled set of stalks.  The plastic balls added a hint of drsms, while also helping to cover the pinholder.

By Prerana - Still life.  Morimono, thes use of fruit and vegetables.  With minimal spending on flowers, we can still do Ikebana.

By Trishala - A tall linear composition, the curled aspidistras complementing the vase.

By Trishala - This interesting vase is from Auroville.  The browns of the vase are complemented in the brown lines.  The surface of the pothas leaf balanced the ornamental bananas.

By Trishala - An all leaf arrangement in a glass container demonstrates the presence of so many shades of green in the market.

By Prerana - In this brass vase, the yellow and brown leaf denotes old age but the flower is the happy and positive spirit even if we are old

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Surfaces and lines - Sensei Molly experiments

Sensei Molly experimented with the large green surfaces of the Monstera leaves and the glossy waxed anthurium surfacesin her arrangements, and worked in strong lines as well.

By Molly - My container is a white bamboo basket, and I complemented its roundness  with these large monstera leaves showing surface and the Heliconia added line.  The bleached vine complemented the texture of the basket.

By Molly - This creation has no vase as such.  Bamboo stems in different lengths tied together with Banyan prop roots to show line.  Poinsettia leaves massed together.  Red colour of Poinsettia and variegated Ixora leaves add colour.  All the three elements - line, mass and colour seen here.

By Molly - Placing the black Japanese ceramic container differently (with the short side in front, not length-wise) brought a new perspective to a familiar container.  I bunched the Sanseviera leaves  together to show lines ;  maroon & white Anthuriums used on either side

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Minimalistic interpretations

By Malathi - the vase has interesting colours and the brown of the line complements it.  The wide sweep gives depth, and the agapanthus contrasts the colours of the vase.

By Malathi - Click on the picture to see it large.  the Nagiere vase has a split, and the dracena has rich colours and a unusual curl which I wanted to highlight. 

By Chelvi.  The Cycas leaves complement the texture of the combination vases and their shape provides drama.

By Kalpana.  Abstract composition with umbrella plant and ginger torch, the lines complementing the triangle Sogetsu vase.
By Kalpana - a completely different and unusual  composition in an identical trinagular vase, titled "Twins"

By Chelvi -  Simplicity.  Bamboo as vase and material
By Chelvi - simple, local materials with driftwood, to give a charming countryside feel

Contrasting creative expressions

While Dalley is inspired by her beautiful garden, Ambika takes inspiration from her urban environment. Two contrasting creative styles, unified by flowers!

By Dalley - "Ah! Spring!".  A combination of pine and chrysanthemums in a pair of galvanised steel containers, reminds me of spring.

By Ambika - "Window dressing".  The white of the thermocol is brought to life by colourful dried material, and the rich colours of jerberas and anthuriums.  Reminded me of shop windows of a fashion store.
By Dalley - "Manoharam".  Nature gives us so much beauty in flowers, fruits and leaves.  The Punnai leaves and the jackfruit remind me of Kerala.  The container is a Vietnamese ginger jar.

By Dalley - "Remembering Fukushima".  This Asian Nagiere vase inspired me to recreate a Japanese scene, fresh from my visit this summer.

By Ambika - "New York, New York!"  The black sponge packing material reminded me of the granite buildings and stone plazas of New York, a city that is a symbol of the ingenuity and creative forces that lie within us as much as it is of wealth and consumption  

By Ambika - "Marriage" - A beautiful thing, that allows me to explore and grow and discover myself.

By Ambika - "Ode to the Western Ghats" - Inspired by my visit to the Western Ghats in Goa.

Vibrant and dynamic expressions from Vaishali and Pushkala

Vaishali sensei seemed to prefer white vases this year, exploring abstract and naturalistic styles with both fresh and artificial material.

Pushkala also worked witha  variety of materials and styles, a lot of her materials being from her environment.

By Vaishali - An abstract composition with umbrella plant lines and anthurium for colour, showing space and water

By Pushkala - I tried combining a horizontal dry line with vertical fresh lines, in a glass vase.
By Pushkala - "An expression of Nature’s creativity with human  mind as a tool"

By Vaishali - The coloured wires added a cheerful note to my arrangement.

By Vaishali - I found a chikoo branch lying, and I combined it with chrysanthemums in this fibreglass vase.
By Pushkala - for a creative mind, noting is perceived as "waste"!

By Vaishali - The iron vase is my creation, and I have made it more dramatic with the use of bold lines, and bright colours

By Pushkala - My efforts at representing an ecosystem on a table.
By Pushkala - tender palm leaves with auspicious carnations to brighten up any space

By Pushkala - a simple and elegant composition suitable for a tabletop.

By Vaishali - I found these braided palms unused, and used it in my split black vase, contrasted with the lilies for colour.