Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Branch structure

This is a new technique we learned today, which Ms. Lin. got from 8th North American Sogetsu Seminar. Fix branches by tying with wire, which is the most usual way to tie. Keep in mind that the wire knot is visible. We use a heavy duty wire(No.10 to 30) and pliers or other tools. I like this technique which can create any styles you want. They can be put either in suiban or tall vase. Very creative, indeed. (8-18-09)

Variation No.8 Combined Styles 2

In this lesson, Moribana and Nageire are combined.
Arranging this style, we do not work on one of the arrangements alone. The two containers should be put side by side first and start to arrange. When the two arrangements are completed they will be united in one new design.
Believe it or not, those sunflowers were in my fridge for more than a week to keep fresh, they still look beautiful . Contrasting the front heavenly blues and dragon heads gives soft and delicate impressions. (8-18-09)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Variation No.8 Combined styles 1

In this style. two or more independent arrangements
are made in the separate containers and they are combined to form one composition. After Ms. Lin's explanations and demonstrations, I arranged this composition with two different suibans (Moribana and Moribana). You can use any shapes or colors of the containers you like, but overall balance and the total harmony are very important. Having created by combining the arrangements, both of which are also well made with originality and their independent existence. In the front I created delicate and soft looks with smaller heliopsis. In the back I put bigger black-eyed susans to intensify the looks. Ms. Lin gave me good commands. (8-04-09)

Variation No.2 Slanting style Nageire

This composition can be arranged dynamically. It is important to fix Shin(main stems) and Soe(subordinate stems) widely apart and yet to show clear artistic decision. Flame Calla lily and Euonymus are the materials being used for this arrangement. (8-04-09)