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Amongst Friends

"Amongst Friends", ikebana with flowers from visiting friends.Sunflower, Protea and assorted desert plants.It's so nice when a guest brings flowers. These were given to me earlier this week, and I...

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Becoming a Teacher

This week the Romanian Embassy in Oslo opened its doors for an ikebana student's exhibition. We all contributed with one arrangement each and the result was a quite varied and nice little...

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The Old Ikebana Master

Teaching ikebana is a long tradition. I found this charming old photo on the internet and thought it would be nice to share it with you.This photo is from 1873, 140 years old. Japan had been secluded...

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What Goes Around Comes Around

"What Goes Around Comes Around".Scrap metal, metal wire, coloured bamboo sticks, Protea and Bergenia leaves.Raku vase by Brigitte Schneider, Atelier Tokibana.This was my contribution to the ikebana...

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Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas - Ikebana Works

In some of their latest works Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, an artist duo currently living and working in Oslo, Norway, have been exploring traditions and the means of transferring ideas. In an...

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Slow Spring Combo

Variation no 8. Nageire reversed basic slanting and Nageire no 4 upright.Branches and roses.Spring has been extremely slow this year. The good thing about that is that we've had a long period with buds...

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Mass and Space

Moribana, mass arrangement, Ka-bu-wake.Chrysanthemum and roses.Although this arrangement looks a bit naturalistic, the idea is more to focus on two solid round masses contrasted by an open space...

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Simple Blessings

Chabana.Solomon's seal and Warty-cabbage.

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Meadow Flowers

Freesia, Solomon's seal, Clematis, White dead-nettle,Warty-cabbage, Dog violet, Water avens, Lilly of the valley.Working with many different kinds of flowers can be a quite difficult. In the Sogetsu...

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I Find it Difficult to Respond When Faced With an Unexpected Event

Welcome to a performance by Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman in collaboration with Lennart Persson (nordiclotus.com), titled "I find it difficult to respond when faced with an unexpected...

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A First Time For Everything

A couple of weeks ago I invited a few people to an evening with ikebana. After an introduction to the principles of ikebana and a brief look at the history behind, it was time for a hands on session...

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I Find it Difficult to Respond - Performance Photos

Performance by Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman in collaboration with Lennart Persson (nordiclotus.com), titled "I find it difficult to respond when faced with an unexpected event". Thursday June...

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Floral Fusion: The Ikebana Sculptures of Shizuko Greenblatt

"... an ikebana practitioner can transform an interior space into a place of reflection and spiritual awakening. Los Angeles-based artist Shizuko Greenblatt trained in this art form for many years, but...

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Afternoon Tea Under Clouds and Moon

Probably the only tea hut in Norway, the little house under clouds and moon, «Un Getsu-an» in Japanese, has survived 20 years of shifting weather and harsh winters. Our ikebana class went on a trip to...

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Ichiyo School Demonstration by Elaine Jo

This instructive video gives a really nice introduction to ikebana thinking. It's rather long but well worth watching. Elaine Jo, from Ichiyo Ikebana of Atlanta, gives a lecture and demonstration about...

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Ikebana by Megumi - Summer Hydrangeas

Hydrangea is a typical summer season flower often used in ikebana. Hydrangea is native to the Japanese islands and has a long history in their culture. In the rainy summer season visiting temples with...

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Ikebana at Oslo Botanical Garden 1

Bamboo, Weeping willow, Phlox, Chinese Ragwort and Cutleaf coneflower.Basket arrangement, two containers, straight and curved lines.Last weekend I had the opportunity to give an ikebana demonstration...

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Ikebana at Oslo Botanical Garden 2

Basic upright style.Japanese barberry and Cutleaf coneflower.These are the pictures from the demonstration I had at the Botanical garden here in Oslo in August.  I wanted to start with an introduction...

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Botanical Garden - Magnolia Postludium

Oyama magnolia.Chabana.One of the most spectacular sights of spring in Oslo, is the blooming of the Magnolia trees in the Botanical Garden. The Kobushi magnolias are blooming with a cloud of white...

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Yellow Lichen - Purple Leek

Juniper branch with Lichen, Leek flowers and Aspidistra leaves.This autumns beginners class started last week with a group of seven new ikebana students. We started up with an introduction to ikebana,...

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