Thursday, 14 October 2010

Day 6 - A Closer Look

Things look different when you take a closer look. There are many other truths than the ones you are used too. That goes for people and it's also true when it comes to flowers. Today I've been looking out for surprising details and life's little pleasures in my search for ikebana materials.

Miniature ikebana. Tree seeds, Cosmos, grass, berries of Cotoneaster, Red clover, unknown purple flower, Rose hips, autumn leaf and Larch.
Scandinavian mid century miniature ceramics.

This is my first experiment with ikebana miniatures. In this set I've been working mainly with colours and balance, trying to give a playful and amusing presentation. Katsumi Teshigahara, the second Iemoto of the Sogetsu School of ikebana, introduced miniature ikebana as one of her trade marks in the 1960s. I've also seen groups of miniature ikebana by her father Sofu Teshigahara in old books. They often used very small glass vases, lipstick caps and other shiny cups as containers, giving the arrangements a kind of fairytale ambience. I've chosen to stick with ceramics to stay in the autumn season.

Enjoy your day - take a fresh look at life!


Arte Cerâmica Zen said...

Hi, I love Ikebanas. I studies stilo SANGUETSU, do you know?
Your work is very nice, I like so much.

nordic lotus said...

Thank you! I'm glad you like my work. It means a lot to me that you let me know.
I don't know much about Sangetsu. I've been looking at images at websites, and they seams to be mostly from Brasil. Is it a school founded in Brasil?

Arte Cerâmica Zen said...

Sanguetsu Ikebana were created in 1940 by Mokiti Okada in Japan. This style is well known in Brazil, because the Mokiti Okada Foundation has a school here.

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