Saturday 17 December 2011

Last Call - Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers

Today we had a stroll in Manhattans midtown East heading for Japan Society and the exhibition "Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers". If you're in New York there is still time - tomorrow will be the last day of this absolutely beautiful exhibition showcasing the dynamic field of Japanese fiber art.

"The works on display range from ethereal silk and hemp to paper pulp and synthetic fiber using methods that are sometimes deeply traditional, but sometimes employ the latest weaving and dyeing technology along with an environmentally conscious "green" ethos. Moving far beyond traditional utility, Japan's textile pioneers fuse past and present to create innovative, beautiful and sometimes challenging works of art."


Ichiyo Hana Festa

I love stage performances with large scale ikebana arrangements. It's not often that I get to see any live performances, but watching them online is fun as well. This video is from the stage performance at Ichiyo Hana Festa 2011. Akihiro Kasuya, headmaster of the Ichiyo School creates a magical landscape of ikebana arrangements.

One of my Flickr friends received his instructor certificate from the Ichiyo School earlier this year. If you're interested in seeing more Ichiyo ikebana I recommend his photo stream on Flickr. I especially like his arrangements without kenzan.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Avant-Garde Christmas

Christmas ikebana.
Metal wire, birch bark circles, pine, red tinsel.

It's time to prepare for the Christmas season. Why not go for an avant-garde ikebana this year? I'm posting to versions of this nageire free style emphasizing curved lines. Materials are metal wire, birch bark circles and pine. In the first one red tinsel has been added. In the second version I've used red roses and silver tinsel. Which one do you prefer?

Christmas ikebana.
Metal wire, birch bark circles, pine, red roses and silver tinsel.

Monday 5 December 2011

7500 Visitors

This video presents a slide show with ikebana arrangements that are previously posted on my blog. The last year I've had 7500 unique visitors, and I made this slide show to mark the occasion. I'd like to thank you all for visiting, and especially my regular followers. Enjoy!

Music: Kôjô no Tsuki (Moon over the Ruined Castle), Jean-Pierre Rampal and Lily Laskine, Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp.

Saturday 3 December 2011

Hong Kong Exhibition

The Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association held their annual ikebana exhibition in November. This years theme was "To create is to love".

This YouTube video was uploaded by a visitor at the exhibition. You'll find a lot of ideas for large size ikebana installations and interesting material combinations. If you need to get inspired and start planning for your own installations, or you just want to enjoy the beauty and variety of the arrangements, you'll love this exhibition.
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