Floral Design forum→Ikebana 2016

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Osaka, Japan (Zone 9b)
Dec 7, 2016 4:30 PM CST
So, I began to study Ikebana this year from a local Japanese woman. She is teaching me Ikenobo which is the older school. It is a bit hard since I am learning Japanese flower names and English Flower names. Some of them go unidentified. But I am just gonna post along what I've done and what I've learned.

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This is the first arrangement ^. She was teaching me the idea of lines straight up. Right now for beginners she suggests "Jiyuu" which is free thought. That way I can get the ideas of what Ikebana is and what you focus on first. I will post a second post after this with the names of the flowers in Japanese if anyone is interested.

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This was my second arrangement. This time we were going over "Naname" which is diagonal lines. Or slanted arrangement.
Name: Debra
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Dec 7, 2016 4:40 PM CST
Beautiful, Ashley. Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Charlotte
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Feb 18, 2017 5:47 PM CST

Lovely arrangements. Give us more. With a name like Ashley doubt if you were born in Japan. What took you there?
Name: Barb
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Oct 3, 2019 10:18 AM CST
These are beautiful. Would you consider a longer article on this style of design? I have several friends who would love to learn from you. Me too but it would have to wait until I have display space.

Barb (who is indoor space challenged - living in camper - but have 78 acres outdoors.)
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Name: kathy
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Oct 4, 2019 11:21 AM CST
Thank you for bringing the subject up, Ashley.
There is a wealth of gardening talent in Japan. The gardeners have an eye for detail. Both growers & designers have much to share. And, I too would love to hear more.
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Name: Bea
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Oct 4, 2019 5:31 PM CST

Ashley ... great design for your first one, beautiful materials used , color, line and texture space adds interest . Love the frog use to hold the stems. Floral design will be fun for the up coming Holidays too!

Keep posting . It's always fun and sometimes only a few pieces of plant material is all that's needed.

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Jan 28, 2020 5:55 PM CST
Love your floral designs--and your explanations----Thank you for sharing.

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