Monday, 9 September 2013

Yellow Lichen - Purple Leek

Juniper branch with Lichen, Leek flowers and Aspidistra leaves.

This autumns beginners class started last week with a group of seven new ikebana students. We started up with an introduction to ikebana, and a first try on the basic upright style. There is a lot of new information to digest, and I'm impressed with their eagerness to practice and learn.

While the others worked on finding the correct lengths and angels of branches, I made a quick mass and line arrangement to demonstrate what their exercise could look like translated to a freestyle.

You'll probably see more of this branch in the feature. I picked it up on a trip to the mountains, 1000 meters above sea level. The lichen has an interesting texture and a strong yellow colour that makes it great for ikebana.

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