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Two-day workshop in Brisbane.

It was a great pleasure to conduct two days of workshop with the Brisbane Sogetsu Ikebana Branch. The themes were selected by the members and strangely enough my favourite themes.

The first workshop focused on applying dried, bleached or coloured materials to an arrangement. Be inventive or problem solve to come up with different methods of fixtures for the particular material. As they say, ‘there is more than one way to skin a cat’. Be creative but at the same time always be sympathetic to the material/s you are working with. The workshop also offered an excellent chance to practice one’s wiring skills.
Using Dried, Bleached or Coloured materials
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The afternoon workshop was selected from book four ‘Suiban without a kenzan’. Trying to make ‘life’ difficult I attempted to use only papyrus grass, but as I often say to my students, ikebana can be very humbling and one may have to solve the challenge another way. My end result ended up using some red dogwood for the main support. I encouraged the delegates to try to avoid using the sides of the container to support the work and with careful construction everyone achieved placing at least one ‘foot’ of the material away from the side creating wonderful arrangements.

Suiban without kenzan

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The second day started with ‘Two of More Containers’. Creative thinking produced a myriad of arrangements for everyone to enjoy. I like to emphasise the placement of the containers because even changing the position changes the whole dynamics of the arrangement. This is a good revision for colour theory – dark colours recede, light colours come forward etc., which create depth and movement in the arrangement.

Two or more containers

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The final workshop theme- Mass with Line. When I studied this theme I learned to commence this arrangement by making up small clusters of floral material, which form the overall mass. By doing this you can control the shape, direction density thus creating movement. Before you start to assemble your mass have a plan as to where the line/s is going to be placed, the line should not look like an after-thought. Another very successful result to end the two days of lots of fun.
Mass with Line

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