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.
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.
This was my second arrangement. This time we were going over "Naname" which is diagonal lines. Or slanted arrangement.
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.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
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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