Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy holidays

8th December 2014

Our last meeting of the year was a  Christmas theme with a delightful demonstration by sensei Dalley.

She created lovely arrangements with her usual flair and colour sense, and all the members enjoyed the demonstration.

Her first arrangement for the season was this creation, with a large palm leaf adding drama, and the strelitzia adding Christmas cheer.

It was a well attended session

As she starts on her second compostion

The one white Carnation is for Christmas
Moving on to her final piece.

A dash of Christmas colours with large showy anthuriums.
Members then displayed their own creations.
Sensei Molly found Bottlebrush in bloom to add that festive look to her arrangement with wine bottles.

Ambika used  twigs painted red to add line to her slender glass vase
Prerana accessorised her arrangement to good dramatic effect.

Trishala recreated a Christmas tree.

Chelvi complemented her bright red basket with large white jerberas, softened by the everlasting flowers.

Student Bhuvana worked with a red candle for that Christmas feel, with driftwood.

Divya worked with roses, and the cotton on sticks added to the festive spirit.

Kalpana highlighted the long slender line of the jerbera beautifully.
Sensei Vaishali also used roses, and her trademark coloured wires, bunched up like christmas decorations.

Janaki showcased her lovely vase with a combination of materials that included clearophytum and a hint of antigonon.  the sseds of the Java Olive added to the season's look!

We wound up our activities for the year.  The Study Group looks forward to a 2015 filled with creativity, camaraderie, and flowers of course.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ikebana, Chennai style - The Hindu

Ikebana, Chennai style - The Hindu

Hema Vijay

A rather unique floral exhibition celebrates the city’s 375th anniversary

Slender coconut husk-straws and coconut fronds, fragile
plantain shoots and massive flowers, ficus and banyan branches,
Calotropis, better known as the ‘popping’ plant; Gulmohar pods, leaves
of lily, betel nut, Murraya, Casuarina, Philodendron, — these flowers
and foliage adorned the Ikebana arrangements at a recent exhibition at
the Lalit Kala Akademi.
The exhibits were
beautifully arranged in an array of traditional cooking pans, pickle
jars, copper and terracotta pots, perforated bricks, coconut shells and
dry coconut fronds; traditional fibre scrubs, and even in hollows etched
out by nature on driftwood.
This year, the
beautiful and evocative Japanese art of Ikebana took on a delightful
Chennai avatar, courtesy the Chennai Sogetsu Study Group. Celebrating
the 375th anniversary of the city’s existence, the group let their
annual show emphasise on plants indigenous to this region and those that
have now been localised.
Each of the 65
arrangements exhibited was created using local material. There was even
an elaborate arrangement spanning over five feet that narrated a street
As a rule, Ikebana practitioners employ their
art to essay emotions, tell a story, or make a statement. This
particular exhibition celebrated not just Chennai’s flora but also its
unique icons to demonstrate how you can adapt local material to create
the same sensibilities that the Japanese art is known for.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Floral Beauty At its Best - The New Indian Express

Floral Beauty At its Best

Friday, November 21, 2014

A sneak preview from our exhibition

Snapshots from our exhibition

Click on the link above for a close peek at our annual exhibition.  From cycle wheels to clothes clips, thermocol packs, to coconut shells, everything has an artistic value and helps our creative energies.

Chrysanthemums, lilies, crotons, orchids, bottle brush, palms, dressina and jerberas, are just some of the wide variety of material used.  Pods and berries, roots and shoots, you will find them all.

Each composition has a bit of Chennai in them, as we celebrate our city's 37th Anniversary, so come and take a look!

a close-up of the centrepiece

Mrs Nakano inaugurates as Anuja looks on

The artists!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Abstract compositions with unusual containers - October workshop

October 15th 2014

 Our October workshop was on working with unusual materials or vases and creating abstract compositions.

Ambika demonstrated a couple of arrangements before the assembled members tried their hand at it.  It was an exciting and invigorating workshop, with a wide array of material and containers.

Ambika's first arrangement, seen below, was with four bits of packing material (soe), that she rested on a bubble wrap sheet.  The strong shin was provided by a roll of chart paper discarded by her son!  The hikae anthuriums and the jushis coloured seeds added to colour to the composition.
The second arrangement was created in a machine-cut hollow brick, which had an interesting texture, as well as six spaces created by the structure of the brick.

Umbrella plant was amassed as two heavy lines, while the purple and green chrysanthemums were also massed for colour.

In order to provide depth, a few of the umbrella plant stcks were bent into angles.  At first they were arranged with a single downward bend, then sensei Malathi suggested that an upward second bend would make it more dynamic and alive, and what you see below is the final result.

Life pokes at you from everywhere

The arrangements that followed were dramatic and exciting.
By Prerana - "Freedom" - steel wire, encasing a single jerbera, a ceramic nagere vase resting in a fibreglass moribana plate.  An example of minimal material and maximum efect!

By Prerana - "Firecracker".  Clothes clips, a cycle tube, a single jerbera on a self created wrought iron framework.  Dramatic and colourful!
By Sensei Molly - a basket with material from her garden, offset with wire.  Simple materials used for beautiful effect.  Could we call it "Still Life"?

Sensei Malathi - A sogetsu vase, with a drief hydrangea, san savera leaves, coconut husk and lavender leaves, make for an interesting arrangement, which I shall title "The Dancer"

Kalpana used a sheet of thermocol, and created the effect of a drawing, with a single jerbera head and a palm leaf.  "Vishnuchakra!"

Trishala experimented with her shopping basket, and I am tempted to call this "Off to the market"

Pushkala added colour with packing material used at the base, to offset the green vase and linear stalks.  "After the party"

Chelvi complemented the browns in her basket, driftwood and mass, with a couple of dramatic strelitzia.  "Birds"

Chitra used heliconia to cheerful effect in a piece of thermocol packing that had an interesting shape! "Festivity"

"Hidden" - Sensei Dalley used a couple of exquisite baskets to create a composition in brown, with the "dhrishti" chilly bundle
Divya created a mass with the interesting fern, and offset this with the dramatic lines of the umbrella plant in a tall nagiere vase.  "Untitled"

"Circle of Life" - by Janaki, a composition with the roota and leaves of the Money plant

Would you like a different title for the compositions? 

Next month is exhibition time, amnd the group will get together to plan.

Best wishes for a safe and happy deepavali to all!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Working with combination vases

16th Sept 2014

Our September workshop featured sensei Meenakshi Sarin demonstrating with combination vases, followed by a workshop where the members also worked with combination vases.

Both her arrangements were with nagiere vases, though completely different in texture and style.

Her first arrangement was with a pair of glass vases.

Meenu filled the vases with formica strips from the carpenter working in her home, creating an interesting effect.  The strips also served as a fixture for the strelitzia and umbrella plant in the arrangement.

Her second arrangement was this beautiful pair, elegantly complemented  with the heliconia.  The graceful bamboo and the variegated dressina added depth to the creation.

It was a wonderful start to the workshop, and then it was time for the members to try their hands, and everyone worked with enthusiasm.

The vases were all different and there was a variety of material on display as well.

Ambika used a pair of nagiere glass vases, with one horizontal, to display the attractive mouth, shaped like the hosta lily leaves in the upper vase.

The jerberas and orchids added colour, depth and form to the composition.
 "I used two ornamental glass bottles, and the cicular cane was to highlight the wooden tray.  The greens are all local and the jerberas are the focal point", said Trishala.

"I used two plastic hexagons - Sogetsu containers, pink and olive green. Lines of umbrella plant, both straight and angled for the contrasting characteristics and complimented them with the flowing lines of Copsia leaves and buds, the pink to harmonise with the pink container. Both pink and green colours were used, for a small and simple effect." Malathi

Prerana said, "I used a brass Auroville moribana vase in combination with a nagiere ceramic brown.  Bamboo sticks were used with Subabul pods - green and dry along with Asia Lily.  Malathi sensei felt it had a glamorous look to it!"

Itsuko Sakamoto created a neat arrangement with the Sogetsu triangle vases in combination.

New students, Rupa and Chanchal created these two combination vase arrangements.

Nirmala created a dramatic effect with the two brass vases and strong bold lines.

Sensei Molly also had bold mitsumata lines in her bamboo containers, softened by the delicate antigonon vine.

"The materials I used are water plants - both the leaves and the delicate white flower stem grows in water.  The vases are cute pickle jars which went very with the bright pink Zerbras. I can call this a Minimalistic arrangement as I used the same plant material (the leaf and the stems) with few zerbras (for the color) on Pickle jars." Chitra

It was a colourful and exciting morning, and we all enjoyed it.

Next workshop is on Oct 15th, and the theme is working with Abstract compositions.