Sunday, 26 September 2010

Plastic is Fantastic

One of the new features in ikebana introduced by Sofu Teshigahara, founder of the Sogetsu school, was abstract freestyle arrangements using nonorganic materials. Sofu, who was fascinated by modern western avant-garde movements such as Cubism and Surrealism, started experimenting with what he called avant-garde ikebana, or Zenei-bana, at the end of the 1920s, using scrap metal and other unconventional materials.

Although Sogetsu ikebana is again turning to more naturalistic arrangements, the avant-garde ikebana is still an important style. I was handed a plastic chopping board by my teacher to be used as the main material for a series of ikebana arrangements. As many variations as possible using one Aspidistra leaf, two Carnations and three straws of Bear grass in a green on green composition.




5 comments:

Pepita said...

Un trabajo bonito e interesante,pero observo que no contiene agua, el material debe de ser tal vez un poco escogido para que aguante bien sin agua.

Un saludo Pepita.

nordic lotus said...

Gracias por tu comentario. Hay un vaso de plástico verde detrás de la tabla de cortar. Los claveles se colocan en el agua en este vaso. El Aspidistra y la hierba oso puede sobrevivir sin agua por más tiempo. Pero usted es wright que no es muy amable. Esa es la parte de atrás de ikebana vanguardista.

Thanks for your comment. There is a green plastic glass behind the chopping board. The Carnations are placed in water in this glass. The Aspidistra and the bear grass can survive without water for a longer time. But you are wright that it is not very kind. Thats the backside of avant garde ikebana.

Pepita said...

Siento que lo interpretara como una ofensa, para mi era apreciar la creatividad, jamás ofenderia a nadie.
Saludos.

Interpret foler det som en fornaermelse mot meg var a sette pris pa kreativitet, aldri fornaerme noen.
Hilsener.

nordic lotus said...

Pepita: No se preocupe. Agradezco sus opiniones :-)

Venkatesh said...

Wow! What a brilliant idea! What a beautiful arrangement! I am so in love with it

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