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,
click here for more information https://ecourses.ikebana.be/p/ikebana-a-journey
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.
The land art we see here is real ikebana for me. We found this land art during a walk near Gothenburg. Maja Droetto, the artist started from an existing tree and pruned away branches in the middle. This created a see-through effect which looks like a gate.
My husband said jokingly, it reminded him of the gates in the television series "Stargate SG1", by going through the gates you go to another world. And maybe this is what happened here, a connection between Gothenburg and Japan.
It might well be that the artist never heard of ikebana, but some principles of ikebana are universal and are illustrated here.
Sofu Teshigahara, the founder of the Sogetsu Ikebana School, said that ikebana is an art form for those who earnestly seek the relation with nature. And when making ikebana one has to add to nature. He said, and I quote from his book Kadensho: "The degree to which one can alter nature is an important aspect of ikebana."
The degree of alteration is important, but here I think it is just right. I stepped through the gate, but nothing happened :-).
You can find more work of Maja Droetto on her website
The first work we saw by Stuart Ian Frost was the work on display in the park in Mölndals center close to Gothenburg in Sweden. And although the wooden sculptures are very beautiful, I did not really get inspired by it.. I did not feel the vibe with the surroundings.
But then a couple of days later I saw his work in the Botanical Garden of Gothenburg. There he gave an old oak tree a second life. This sentence on the website of the Gothenburg Green World Exhibition summarizes it:
"He stretches our conceptions of what a tree is, and tries to make us look at it in new ways."
I was just blown away. What a great idea to give a dead tree such a beautiful second life completely in sync with its surroundings. It reminded me of one of the phrases written in the book of flowers by Sofu Teshigahara, the founder of the Sogetsu Ikebana School.
"It is easy to think of ikebana as something, which captures nature while being captured by nature. Capturing nature means making nature into something of your own. Humans add to nature."
After seeing if from a different angle, I felt the connection with nature even more.
You can find more about Stuart Ian Frost on his website www.stuartianfrost.com