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.