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Masses - Naturalistic and Abstract

Mass, moribana, abstract freestyle.Roses, Carnations, Pine.Grouping materials together to form masses is one of the most commonly used design elements in contemporary ikebana. Masses can work as a...

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Veggie Revolt

Freestyle with vegetables.Rhubarb, dudhi gourd, turnip, potatoes.Freestyle arrangements with fruit and vegetables is a popular style of Sogetsu ikebana. The idea is to make use of the shape, colour and...

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Four Faces

Linden tree, Hyacinth and Statice.To be viewed from all angles.Every flower has a face. One of the surprising things I discovered when starting doing ikebana is how much differens it makes if you make...

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Curved Lines, Dried Materials

Nageire, curved lines, dried and fresh materials.Midollino sticks, jute fibre textile, Carnations.I'm following up my last blog post, about arrangements to be viewed from all angels, with a somewhat...

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Back From the Tea Room

Todays chabanaSpirea, grass, Meadow buttercup (Ranunculus across), Oxeye (Leucanthemum vulgar)Bamboo basketIt's been a year long break from blogging. Amongst other things I've been concentrating on tea...

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Stockholm: Bonsai & Ikebana - Living art of Japan

If you're in Stockholm this summer, don't miss out on the exhibition Bonsai and Ikebana - Living art of Japan, at Östasiatiska museet in Stockholm.Get inspired by the growing power and aesthetics of...

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Demo in Oslo Botanical Garden

Demonstrating naturally curved lines of Flowering onions, Allium.Oslo botanical garden is one of the most beautiful parks of Oslo. I know the park quite well from guiding groups as a volunteer a few...

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The Energy of Spring - Hanami series 1

European beech (Fagus sylvatica), Flowering cherry (Prunus ’Accolade’)Bamboo shaped porcelain vaseFreestyle Nageire Sakura themeEach season has its own energy. When buds on trees and flowers open a...

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Peaceful Joy - Hanami series 2

Sour cherry (Prunus cerasus), bamboo vaseNaturalistic freestyleTraditional ikebana often combines one "tree material" and one "grass material". Tree materials are mostly branches, while grass materials...

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Mother and Child

Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spiraea arguta)Vintage ikebana vaseThe vase or container is always an important and integrated part of an ikebana arrangement. Almost anything can be used as a container, but some...

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Fragrant Colour Study

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and double tulip. Glass vase by Kjell Engman for Kosta BodaEarly summer brings an abundance of flowering plants to enjoy. The joy and enthusiasm results in more luscious...

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Hanakubari Versus Sogetsu Ikebana

Dooryard dock (Rumex longifolius), Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) and Geranium (Pelargonium). Porcelain vase by Brigitte Schneider, Atelier Tokibana.Any material can be used in contemporary...

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Playful Potato Sprouts

When coming back from my summer vacation I was surprised to find that the almond potatoes left in the refrigerator had grown beautiful purple sprouts while I was away - an opportunity that can't be...

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