This week we start a new module on the e-courses, "How do you use mass in your ikebana arrangements?". Mass is a very well known element in the design, it is often used in Western-style flower arrangements, and also in Sogetsu Ikebana, it is one of the three elements, line, color, and mass.
For every workshop, Els Goos gives us homework. We have to think about a saying, theme or subject, and translate this into an ikebana arrangement.
Last weeks assignment was the expression "losbollig". We associate "losbollig" with Carnaval but finding a translation in English was not so easy. "Google translate," and other online dictionaries came up with nothing. I did some more research, and I came up with this translation: light-hearted, frivolous, light-minded.
This is my arrangement using willow and colored paper.
Due to the flue, I could not make any arrangements last week, so my first ikebana arrangement I made this week. I did not start with a basic arrangement, but I got inspired by the tulips. They symbolize spring and a new beginning for me. After one week down with the flue, I think I am longing for spring with better weather.
Lines are one of the most important design elements in all art, being it photography, painting, or ikebana. While visiting the exposition "Picasso 1932" in Paris, I came across this quote from him.
"There's nothing more difficult than a line. Nobody realizes how long you have to think about a line."
Lines are important and challenging in any art-form also in ikebana. One has to think about the lines, try and try again. In this newsletter and the e-courses for the coming weeks, I focus on Lines. Lines is one of the three design elements in Sogetsu Ikebana; the other two are mass and color. I made an e-course on nothing else but focusing on Lines. Here you find some examples.
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Over the years I made several seasonal decorations all inspired by Sogetsu Ikebana. Here you find a collection of them. Get inspired by them and send me some pictures of your arrangements.
Last year I made an module about ikebana in winter. Several of the arrangements in this module are excellent Christmas decorations. Especially the first two a decoration with bamboo, and a decoration for a white Christmas.
You will learn how to make 6 arrangements
This module is part of the ecourse: Ikebana - a Journey,
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In last module on my ecourses channel, is all about table decorations for all occasions. In this module you will learn how to make the following arrangements:
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Ten years ago Saleel Wagh came across Ikebana through some of his friends who were Japanese language university professors, and he started interacting with several ikebana groups in India and abroad.
According to Saleel Wagh, Ikebana is ‘Poetry in the Space,' where the essence is the deep balance of Void Space within and around its structure. Below you see some of his works. More information on the artist: https://www.facebook.com/saleelwagh
Jae Hyo Lee is a Korean artist who's work I saw for the first time in Gothenburg during the Greenworld festival last summer. One of his installations shown here made a significant impression on me.
The quality and finishing of his work are astonishing. I wondered how he made his artwork and did some research on Youtube. I found this amazing video, subtitled in English.
Jae Hyo Lee makes art with natural materials around him, which he then manipulates.
I loved what he said in the video because I have the same feeling:
"I believe you can get more of a 'wow effect' when you create a striking piece from every day, common materials."
Also for ikebana, we don't need expensive flowers or branches. In ikebana one can make beautiful arrangements with flowers from the garden or decayed branches from the woods. Just have a look at the video it gives an insight into the work of a great artist who creates art using what nature offers.