December 21st 2017
The last workshop for 2017 was held on December 21st at ABK Hall, Chennai. Eight members were present and Chitra Rajan, who attended the workshop in Delhi by Sensei Yoko Hosono on curriculum updation, shared with us her experiences of Sensei's demo and narratives. She commented how Sensei Hosono noted that simplicity is the key, and one should consider the three lines as representing the materials, the artist and the viewer.
Thank you Chitra for the crisp and lively presentation.
Sensei Ambika took over the second half of the workshop to present a slide show and demonstrate on the day's theme. A visit to Seattle, USA, is incomplete without a day at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. She had the opportunity to be there and gave the group a virtual tour through the fascinating world of glass in hundreds of colours and designs. As students and teachers of Ikebana, the series and was of special interest to observe the colours, shapes and how we could relate to them through Ikebana. Her experiences can be found here.
To know more about Dale Chihuly and his works click here.
Ambika then gave a demo on the workshop theme, “The Challenge of Glass Containers” to showcase the beauty of this fragile but truly versatile material.
Her first arrangement was with a beautiful yellow-orange glass vase with interesting detail. This was her reaction to the Chihuly experience
|The vase as the inspiration|
The glass Iwata vase belongs to her mother, and reminded Ambika of the Chihuly glass creations. she contrasted this with the tangled roots of lady's finger plants and complemented the warm colour with orange heliconia and brown shades of dried hydrangea. It was a well balanced arrangement adding height and space.
|Twists and turns make an eye catching statement|
An elegant transparent glass nageire vase was the focus of the second piece. Ambika stressed that the ikebanist has to ensure the materials are arranged aesthetically, since whatever is placed in this container will show through the water and glass. Both have to be spotlessly clean and stems inside the vase should also form part of the composition. She achieved this effortlessly, creating a striking piece with hosta leaves artistically arranged and purple and white flowers to provide balance
Ambika’s final piece was a table arrangement wit a Christmas theme in a glass fruit bowl, with red anthuriums, gypsophilia and boxwood leaves to create a simple yet striking piece that looked equally beautiful from all angles. The three pictures give a fair idea of this.
The group then moved on to their arrangements.
Sensei Mrs. Malathi Pandurang used a transparent glass vase for heliconia and dracaena creating dramatic lines. Bundled up dracaena leaves and a hint of gypsophilia provided artistic tension to the arrangement.
|Simple elegance of white and green in a transparent glass|
Chitra Rajan chose a transparent glass for her single white zerbera
that stood out against the hosta leaf and delicate frond of fern.
Pushkala used a tall nageire glass vase with rolled leaves to create interesting lines
reflected in the green lines of eunonymous, green chrysanthemums and a bunch of ixora
for the colour highlight.
Divya Selvam’s artistic weaving of colourful dressing leaves with a hint of white
from the temple tree flower was deceptively simple and could sit proudly
on any drawing room table. It looks beautiful viewed from any angle.
|Pretty maids all in a row|
Tall mineral water bottles in transparent glass was Prerana Mehta’s choice and three of them in a row with dried branches for lines, gypsophilia a single orchid for colour was truly a work of art.
Janaki Rao made two arrangements—one using a deep red tea light holder
and offset it with gypsophilia and a few blooms of temple flower and leaves.
The use of Christmas colours was apt for the season.
|Welcoming the festive season with|
|Look at me...I can fly!|
She used a transparent pickle jar with a single stem of heliconia
and dracaena leaves with an interesting twist.
|Pushkala's Second piece|