Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Ikebana at Oslo Botanical Garden 2

Basic upright style.
Japanese barberry and Cutleaf coneflower.

These are the pictures from the demonstration I had at the Botanical garden here in Oslo in August.  I wanted to start with an introduction to the history of ikebana, so I figured there would be time to make seven arrangements, which turned out to be correct. The demonstration was scheduled to take a little less than an hour.

Straight lines, vertical arrangement.
Cattail plant and Purple loosestrife.

Curved lines, mass and lines.
Weeping willow, Hydrangea paniculata and Bergenia leaves.

When preparing an ikebana demonstration I try to get a nice variation of styles, with different expressions. Even though it should be a peaceful experience to attend the demonstration, you can't use too much time working on the arrangements. Preparation and planning is everything. In the Sogetsu school we always stand behind the arrangement when demonstrating, so that the audience can see the  frontside of the ikebana and follow the work all the time. This takes some practice, but it is nice when you get it right.

Variation no 3, fan style.
Ginko and Phlox.

Untraditional materials.
Rusty scrap metal, Seakale and Cosmos flower.

All the botanical materials used in the exhibition and demonstration came from the botanical garden, which gave me an opportunity to use some branches that one rarely finds in Norwegian gardens. As in all botanical gardens it is strictly forbidden to cut anything inside the garden.

Mass of lines.
Longleaf pine, Mizuhiki cord, Solomon's Plume berries.

Boat arrangement, surfaces of leaves.
Hosta, Butterfly-bush and Asparagus.


Inger-M said...

So happy I was able to attend your presentation, it was a wonderful experience!

Christopher James said...

Dear Lennart,
the variety of examples you created for the demonstration gives a good idea of the range of expression in Sogetsu ikebana. They are lovely light looking works. Once again congratulations.


nordic lotus said...

Takk Inger-Marie. Det var veldig hyggelig å ha dere i publikum. Jeg synes vi skal følge opp planene om et kurs på vestlandet.

nordic lotus said...

Dear Christopher,
Thanks for your kind words. As you know it is a lot of work preparing a demonstration, but it is really worth the effort. I will probably do more events with the Botanical garden next term. We've been talking of a workshop, maybe for kids, and also a new demonstration.

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