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Visit From The Other Side of the World

Some time ago I was contacted by my blogger friend and fellow Sogetsu ikebanist Christopher James in Australia. He was on a trip in Europe and suggested that he could come to Oslo and that we could...

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Abstract and Geometric

Abstract freestyle vertical arrangement.Metal mesh, taxus, trumpet lily, steel grass, plasticine.Untraditional material. Repeating the shape of the container.Developing personal creativity is one of...

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Sofu - The Humble Beginning of Land Art Ikebana, part 1

While early Land Art had a focus on earthwork making use of soil, rocks etc., ikebana has through it's long history always been based on the nature of plant materials. That is until Sofu Teshigahara,...

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Stones Wrapped in Ropes

Moribana, abstract freestyle.Stones, shoelaces, pine and moss.Decorative knots is one of many nice features of Japanese hospitality. You'll find them on gift wrappings and in ornaments made from...

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Hanami Day Oslo

Welcome to the 2013 hanami day at Historical Museum in Oslo on Sunday March 17th, 13:00-15:30.  It's far to early for cherry blossoms in Oslo, but we're all seriously waiting for spring to arrive....

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Ikenobo Video Visit

The Ikenobo School is the oldest ikebana school of today. It is also one of the biggest, both in Japan and internationally. I visited the Ikenobo headquarters and their ikebana museum in Kyoto a year...

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Princess Spring - Suddenly and at Full Speed

Nageire, Abstract freestyle, Untraditional materials.Bicycle tube, Anthuirium, bleached Brussels sprouts stalks, pine.Last weekend some of my ikebana colleges in Oslo were exhibiting at the yearly...

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Sofu - The Humble Beginning of Land Art Ikebana, part 2

Sofu Teshigahara, founder of the Sogetsu School of ikebana, was in many ways an important pioneer and a contributor to modern ikebana. In an earlier blog post discussing Sofu and Land Art, I argued...

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Bonus - Sofu in the Woods

While looking for materials for my blog posts on Sofu Teshigahara and Land art I stumbled across this charming photo series by French photographer Robert Doisneau. Probably from the late 1950s or...

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Happy Easter!

Pine and Daffodil.Nordiclotus wish you a happy easter holiday!

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Andy Goldsworthy - Bamboo in Japan

Next stop on my Land Art tour is the fascinating world of the British sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy is probably the most well known Land Art artist of today. He has also...

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Andy Goldsworthy - Floating Plant Materials

While I'm still focusing on the Land Art artist Andy Goldsworthy, I'd like to present two smaller works that I feel are particularly interesting from an ikebana perspective. In both cases water is as...

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Steel Grass - Straight Lines

Moribana, abstract freestyle.Vertical arrangement, two containers, without kenzan.Steel grass, Cherry branches, Gerbera and pine.In this spring arrangement a modern geometric container is combined with...

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Steel Grass - Curved Lines

Moribana, abstract freestyle.Curved lines, Two containers.Steel grass, Cherry branches, Gerbera and pine.Spring is a season with strong energy. In ikebana this is often represented by curved lines with...

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Ikebana and Sculpture - Rosalie Gascoigne

In this blog post I'm simply going to show you a couple of sculptures by New Zealander-Australian sculptor Rosalie Gascoigne (1917–1999). Rosalie Gascoigne held her first serious exhibition at age 57....

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Iemoto Ikebana Live in LA

IemotoIkebanaLIVE - A Spectacular Theatrical Presentation of Ikebana Flower Arranging, by Akane Teshigahara, Iemoto if the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, in her first IemotoIkebanaLIVE Performance in the...

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Simple Things

Strelitzia and Piony leaf.Leftovers without kenzan.A very simple and unpretentious arrangement of leftovers, using crossbar fixing. Wishing you a moment of joy!

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Nancy Stalker Lecture - Re-thinking Traditional Arts: Ikebana in Japan's...

Photo: texas.eduDr. Nancy Stalker, professor of Japanese history and culture at the University of Texas at Austin, is visiting University of Oslo and gives a lecture on Ikebana in Japan's Postwar...

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Relax and Float Downstream

Strelitzia leaf, blue Ornithogalum.I've never seen blue Ornithogalum before. I found these at a market in South of France, and immediately knew I had to have them. A refreshing colour and an...

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Land Art - Ste Marguerite, Cannes

If you are in Cannes this summer, be sure to visit the Sainte Marguerite island and the First International Land Art Encounter of Cannes. Follow the signs and take a stroll through the forest and by...

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