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Japan Spirit and Form - The Rimpa School

What a good timing! This documentary on the Rimpa school that I recently came across, makes a nice follow up to my previous post abut Rimpa inspired ikebana. The video gives an introduction to the...

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Come Dance With Me!

Japanese Fantail Willow, Amaryllis, Aspedistra.Working with ikebana makes you see branches and flowers in ways you have never seen them before. Some branches are really straight, but most of them have...

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Tea Whisk in a Bowl

Pin cushion flower, Aspedistra.Wood fired ceramic bowl by Michiko Takahashi Nilsen.This autumn I've started studying Japanese tea ceremony. So far I've only gotten to a brief understanding of the...

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Christmas Colours

Thuja and Carnations.Combined arrangement - basic upright and variation no 3.Ikebana for the Holiday season is often based on shiny materials with gold or silver and sometimes even Christmas ornaments...

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Party Flowers

Red bamboo sticks, gold painted Aspidistra,Phalaenopsis, Snowberry, Thuja.I learned earlier this year that Orchids and other exotic flowers are often used in Christmas and New Years ikebana to...

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Blue Christmas Greetings!

Apple tree branches, Japanese washi paper and Christmas paper,Poinsettia, Blue spruce.With Christmas just around the corner I would like to thank you for reading this blog, whether it's your first time...

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Thoughtful Travel

Rocks, pine, moss, sand and metal figure.Landscape morimono ikebana.New Year is a time for celebration but also for thoughtfulness. Summing up the year that is over - the good and the bad. And reaching...

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Ikebana + Crafts = True

Welcome to exhibition opening tomorrow, Saturday January 10th, at Kunsthåndverkerne i Kongensgate Oslo.I will be doing ikebana arrangements in contianers from the exhibition. The first week will be...

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Opening Demonstration

The first part of the exhibition ikebana + crafts = TRUE at Kunsthåndverkerne i Kongensgate opened last Saturday. I held a small demonstration, made some ikebana and talked about the philosophy behind...

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First Week of Ikebana + Crafts = TRUE

Spruce, Snow berry, blue yarn, Chrysanthemum, Long leeved pine.More than one container, curved lines, mass and line, untraditional materials.The first week of the exhibition ikebana + crafts = TRUE is...

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2. Week of Ikebana + Crafts = TRUE

Weeping willow, Juniper with lichen, moss, Thuja, Chrysanthemum.Landscape morimono, curved lines.The focus of the second week of the exhibition ikebana + crafts = TRUE is raku ceramics by Ragnhid...

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Last Week: Ikebana + Crafts = TRUE

Freesia, aluminum wire mesh, Birch Witch's Broom, vases and objects with clipped glass.Untraditional materials, mass and line.Back home from the opening of the last week of the exhibition ikebana +...

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Imaginary Gardens - Opening

I'll be doing a couple of ikebana arrangements for the Swedish artist Love Enqvist's exhibition Imaginary Gardens: Weeding and Watering, coming up in Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden. The exhibition is...

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Opening Photos - Imaginary Gardens

Love Enqvist's solo exhibition Imaginary Gardens: Weeding and Watering opened in Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden, this weekend. The exhibition is curated by Frida Cornell and will run until April 26th.The...

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Ikebana Installation - Imaginary Gardens

In my last blog post I shared some photos from Love Enqvist's solo exhibition Imaginary Gardens: Weeding and Watering in Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden.One of the works is an ikebana installation where...

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Winter Tabletop Arrangement

Thuja and Freesia.Moribana Horisontal style V.no. 6.Front view.Winter arrangements brings a certain atmosphere of peace and tranquility into the home. Flowers in pale, chilly colours and evergreen...

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Stay Green

Macedonian pine, Japanese ambrella pine, Scots pine, Juniper, Tuja and Taxus.Moribana, naturalistic freestyle, only branch materials, mass and line.Evergreen trees have traditionally had a strong...

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Reaching for the Skies

Ornithogalum, Bear grass, Ornamental kale, Chrysanthemum.Vertical arrangement. Naturalistic freestyle.Ikebana arrangements are traditionally divided into two main categories: Arrangements with a...

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The In-Between

Life can be pretty crowded. To bring som clearness, enough space must be cleaned up to give room for the lines.Lines are an important element in ikebana designs, from the oldest traditional styles to...

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Straight Lines - Naturalistic and Abstract

Salix and Eustoma.Naturalistic freestyle, straight lines.Ikebana materials are traditionally arranged in a naturalistic way, showing branches and flowers the way they are naturally growing. The lines...

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