Floral Design forum: Would you call this Ikebana?

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Name: Candee Gaye
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haighr
Mar 3, 2010 7:40 PM CST
I made this with some blossoms, wood, rocks and juniper? Do you think this is the right flow?

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Name: Candee Gaye
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haighr
Mar 3, 2010 7:41 PM CST
A view head on, this was fun to create and reminds me of a Secret Garden.

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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Mar 11, 2010 1:05 PM CST
Very lovely! I think it would classify as Ikebana.
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Name: Candee Gaye
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haighr
Mar 11, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Hello Neal, thanks for your kindness. When I saw Winchester Opera House I thought you were from VA very near here. I'll go check them out.
As for Ikebana I think of it as an arrangement of nature including water, wood and flowers or greenery, so I thought it made a "natural movement"! I have limited knowledge of this fine art but surely admire its beauty.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Mar 12, 2010 8:32 PM CST
I love it! True Ikebana is one of those "lifetime to master" things, but I love to make "Ikebana-inspired" arrangements. I agree, movement and flow are necessary, and simplicity is often the key.
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haighr
Mar 12, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Thanks so much, I appreciate your critique. I like simple as well for many arrangements it gives you a better look at what you have designed. Ikebana is a technique as you say and the best I can hope for is an encouraging word such as yours and the use of the natural flow of the floral selections.
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critterologist
Mar 12, 2010 9:37 PM CST
My mom & I came across an article once on arranging that said when you think you are done, take away half the flowers and start again. For most arrangements, I don't do that, but for an Ikebana one I often end up using less than I'd intended.

Your arrangement does have a lush "secret garden" feel to it... if you wanted a more natural look, you might see how it would be with the front center tuft of white removed as well as the back center white sprig & purple bloom... just to open it up a bit...

I love it the way it is now, too!
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haighr
Mar 12, 2010 10:06 PM CST
I see what you mean, less is often better and I will learn a lot from this, thanks for your suggestion. That was one that I made last year, should have had you over in the DG cut flowers to critique it then! Can't wait for spring to get started all over again!
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critterologist
Mar 12, 2010 10:07 PM CST
I wondered where you'd found all those bright bits at this time of year!

Hilarious!
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haighr
Mar 12, 2010 10:18 PM CST
Hilarious! Would have to dig in the snow for anything right now although the sticks are plentiful and least this time of year they are bare.
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LaVonne
Nov 11, 2010 1:43 PM CST
An example of Ikabana:

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gemini_sage
Nov 11, 2010 4:56 PM CST
That's an excellent example!
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haighr
Nov 14, 2010 2:06 PM CST
Welcome to Arrangements 101 Dorothy and nice to see you gemini!
That is wonderful, how did you accomplish those in bloom in just water and stone? Is it everlasting?
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LaVonne
Nov 14, 2010 9:48 PM CST
The Iris are fresh and stuck in a frog then the stones cover the frog...water is added to make it look like they are at the edge of a water feature.

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haighr
Nov 15, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Very nice. How large is it ? My siberian iris are so large I am not sure they would stand so well in my frogs? Have you made other Ikebana arrangements?
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LaVonne
Nov 15, 2010 7:17 PM CST
The very tallest one is 14" and the other is 12". The Iris were cut down to the length that was needed and then arranged in the frogs. Yes I have made a few of the Ikabana arrangements in addition to themed arrangements.

When I lived in California I belonged to a Floral Club in Ventura and each year we entered the County Fair in their horticultural dept. Always came away with a ribbon. Have several Blue and 3 best of show. I have those pictures stored away and when I find them I will post them. It will be awhile as they are in storage.

Here in Ky I don't have the luxury of fresh flowers like I did in Ca. so have not done any arranging since I moved here...one of the categories that I like was doing an arrangement of "Weeds and Grasses" Marti and I would collect roadside weeds and grasses practicing how we wanted the arrangement to look and then when it was show day we would take a fresh collected arrangement to the fair grounds, enter and wait for the judging.

I wonder if we could have a Horticulture fair here to be held in the late spring or early summer...we could enter the pictures of our entries and then see who took the ribbons.... Smiling

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soilsandup
Nov 16, 2010 12:51 AM CST
LaVonne - I too welcome you to this forum. And I am looking forward to seeing all your photos of your various arrangements. I am from California, and I love it that I can have fresh flowers almost year round. But, my arrangements are quite simple, so I will be looking to you for ideas. Candee has been a great inspiration too. You can bring them in to the Cutting edge lounge or the burning pickle patio to liven the tables up Thumbs up

Dianne

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LaVonne
Nov 16, 2010 2:53 AM CST
Thank you all for the warm welcome

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haighr
Nov 16, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Wow, I am going to have to try doing something like that with my iris, you are giving me ideas, now I just need it to be next spring.
We do have a Theme forum here - over on another site we used to do all kinds of theme arrangements, I love having a strange idea to work with. Would love to have you join in there as well.
http://cubits.org/arrangements/forums/view/themes/

As for the contest or fair, we could do that. Cubits gives us the ability to have photo contests. I just need to set one up and have a prize. I can work on that in the spring, likely not a good time right now as flowers in limited supply. But thanks for the thought as I would love to have one.

I think your theme of "weeds and grasses" is great!!! Now that is a challenge. I would love to have you add that over in the theme thread and see what we come up with!
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