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Leftover Mass

Anthurium, Fern, Aster and Roses.Two vases, mass of leftover flowers.

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Everything Eventually Gives Results

Birch Witch's Broom, book pages, Rose stems and flowers. Nageire, abstract freestyle, mass and lines, untraditional materials. At the first lecture after summer with my teacher we were asked to...

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Windswept Lines

My students made basic slanting arrangements this week. It is such an inspiration to see their progress and hear them express what ikebana means to them in terms of getting into the meditative work...

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Green, Pink and Red

Moribana, naturalstic freestyle.Sibirian dogwood and roses. Sibirian dogwood is a wonderful material for playing with colours in ikebana - red stems and leaves in shades of green, pink and red.

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Morimono at Ikebana International Oslo Chapter

Morimono, harvest festival style.Leek, beetroots, mini pears, Sun flower, bittersweet.Last week I was invited to give a demonstration of morimono at the Ikebana International Oslo Chapter. Morimono is...

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Yuji Ueno - Hanaike

Yuji Ueno, a former Sogetsu artist now working on his own, has developed a flower concept that he calls Hanaike. He works with live performances creating poetic simplified arrangements with very little...

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Embracing Change

Moribana. Basic slanting reversed style.Autumn branches and roses. This weeks lesson for my ikebana students was reversed arrangements and autumn in ikebana. Everyone could choose if they wanted to...

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Yuji Ueno - Rolling Flowers Surprise

Now, this is a surprise! Take a look at this video and be prepared to be both touched and amused by a totally different approach to ikebana. Yuji Ueno gives a live performance, Rolling flowers, at a...

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Rikka Inspiration

Ikebana inspired by Rikka, slanting style.Rikka is the oldest and most complex of all ikebana styles. The Ikenobo school calls it the origin of ikebana. Today the traditional Rikka Shofutai style has...

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Autumn Breeze

Freestyle nageire. Mass and line.Juniper with yellow lichen, green and orange Chrysanthemum,Bergenia leaves, Day lily leaves.

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Triadic Tertiary Colours

Colour study - blue-green, yellow-orange and red-violet.Raku vase, Maple leaves, paper stripes, skeleton leaf.This weekend I attended a workshop arranged by Ikebana International Oslo Chapter with Mit...

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Split Complementary Paper Wrap

Colour study - red-orange, blue and green.Japanese paper, blueberry tree bark, Gerbera, pine.I will continue to post arrangements from the workshop with Mit Ingelaere-Brandt that I attended last...

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Abstract Expression

Abstract composition.Equisetum, Japanese paper, Chrysanthemum, bleached sisal.This arrangement is about creating an abstract composition with plant materials and paper. The idea is to use the shape and...

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Organic Abstraction - Rectangle Colours

Abstract composition.Aspidistra, Japanese paper, gourd, bamboo stick.This will be the last blog post from the workshop in Oslo with Mit Ingelaere-Brandt. In this arrangement using curved Aspidistra...

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More Rikka Inspiration

Rikka inspired arrangement, Suna-no-mono style with two groups.Here comes another Rikka inspired arrangement (Klick here for an earlier blog post in this series). I'd like to point out again very...

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Serene Colours

Serene colours.Equisetum, Chrystanthemum and Gerbera.This arrangement, in a large moribana container, consists of three groups of flowers in the colour range of yellow to orange, and a green structure...

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An Exercise in Humility

Variation no 2 upright. Rose hip and roses.This weeks lesson at ikebana class was Variation no 2 upright style. In this variation humanity is placed lower than both heaven and earth.Stella Coe...

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Abstract Cala Lily - Mass and Lines

Flowers only, straight and curved lines, mass and line.Ishu-ike, abstract freestyle, moribana.I found these magnificent Cala lilies at the market square today. They were exactly what I needed. Nice...

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More Cala - Curved and Intertwined

Flowers only, Curved lines, two containersIshu-ike, freestyle, moribana.This blog post contains a few more Cala designs using the stems to create lines. The idea here is to connect two containers with...

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First Freestyle

The theme of last weeks ikebana class was sketching and creating a freestyle arrangement. The materials were limited to three straws, two leaves and two flowers. Using a limited amount of materials...

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