Friday, 11 February 2011

Flowers for Valentine's Day

"Spring Cleaning" - unconventional materials
Dusters, branches, pink roses and table wiper hearts,
in two wooden containers.

Using unconventional materials was one of the new ideas in ikebana introduced by Sofu Teshigahara, the founder of the Sogetsu school. The underlaying idea was that ikebana is mainly about form, lines, colour and space, and that ikebana can be made by anyone, anywhere and with any materials. Using objects from everyday life helps develop your creativity and also grounds your ikebana practice in life "as-it-is".

"A Secret Sign" - surfaces of lines and leaves
Dried bamboo/some black painted, pink rose and Aspidistra leaf,
in a wooden box with a sign.

When creating ikebana for Valentine's day I have focused on the unexpected love message that brakes through the repetitiveness of continuing everyday work, a secret message that is at the same time hidden and visible.

I have no idea what the sign on the wooden box means. I've used it as an abstract pattern with a hidden message. Still - if you now the true meaning I'll be glad if you let me know.

1 comment:

nordic lotus said...

A friend on Flickr helped interpret the sign on the box. It says "Tea", so it's probably an old tea box. So now you can choose if you want to try and figure out some connection to tea, or if you want to stick to my idea of a secret Valentine love sign with a hidden message. Thanks "stsnck" for helping out.

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