Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Auroville group visits us

March 22nd, 2014.

Sensei Valeria Raso Matsumoto and her group visited us from Auroville. She consented to give us a demonstration on "Techniques", and Dalley Verghese was our gracious hostess for a wonderful morning.

She preferred to introduce herself to our members and that was done
with a touch of humour
Her daughter was a great assistant to her, not only to carry out the demonstration, but helped her by translating her words for us.
Dalley had gone through meticulous arrangement to make sure we could all be accommodated.

Members listened attentively as Valeria brought us many tips and nuances to add to our expressions.

She prefers the minimal style in ikebana as it brings out the significance more aptly and did not have much to
commend of the large and colourful contemperory ikebana seen everywhere!
Valeria had interesting shapes of containers and it was remarkable how she had carefully packed them along with the leaves and other materials of her choice for the demonstration.  She began with the white circular vase with an interesting opening.

The pictures in this post are courtesy Meenakshi, Chelvi and Janaki, and were taken on their 'phones or tablets.  the circular arrangement of the Umbrella Plant leaves looked dramatic in this composition, with the lavender of the flowers well framed against the white of the container.
Dally had prepared the venue in her home for this event so beautifully and with superb taste, the event looked gorgeous. Meenu had organised the programme so meticulously, keeping an eye for details and the whole programme was superb! Thank you all for this wonderful effort.and a memorable morning.
Valeria shared her interesting technique of fixture for glass vases by which you can enjoy a clear vase in case you dont want the stalks to be seen.
Another of her creative expressions, once again with ainteresting vase, dramatic lines and a clear colour focus.
With this creation, Valeria demonstrate an interesting effect of using a tree bark on a vase.
It added wonderful drama to her composition.
She ended with this piece, where she demonstrated the use of repeated forms in an abstract theme.  Please note the beautiful base she displayed her piece on.
The photo captures the wonderful fellowship with flowers that we enjoyed!
Our members then created their own freestyle compositions, and Sensei Valeria gave her valuable comments on these.

Unfortunately, we don't seem to have pictures on these.

Valeria drove from Puducherry along with 9 of her students, some of whom we had already met and so we renewed our friendship, and were very happy to meet the new students. We had lunch at the Presidency Club and we thank Trishala for organising this. Later Valeria and her team drove to the ikebana exhibition by our members and then returned to Auroville.


Jrao said...

Captures the event beautifully. Valeria did have a lovely way to make us feel one with ikebana and would love to have more interactions with her.

Anonymous said...

It was a memorable morning and thank all the members who were involved in arranging this wonderful programme and to all who participated in the workshop and the whole event. Very good fellowship and 'Friendship through Flowers' was amply felt.Malathi.

Luca Ramacciotti said...

Valeria is my good teacher!