This week I held the last class for my students for 2011. The students arranged work for a 'celebration' in anticipation of the Christmas Day holiday at the end of this month. Our class was held in the home of Maureen Duffy, one of my 'advanced' students. Consequently the students had to create work the would suit the situation of this particular house.
This first picture is of a slanting free-style work by Sayuri Gilmore in the entrance hall of the house. She has used cotoneaster branches, red roses, white oriental lilies and some pine, in a glass suiban. Arranging the work slanting to one side emphasised the space to the right and the surface of the water creating a feeling of freshness.
This is a slanting variation number two from the first text book of the Sogetsu curriculum. The student, Wendy Marshall, has used a form of horse-tail, some white carnations and heliconia flowers and leaves.
Susan Lehmann made this basic slanting nageire arrangement with branch material for the three principal lines with soft pink roses as the subsidiary, 'jushi', lines. The roses had a green tinge in the outer petals and their pink was picked up in the vase and the table top.
In this slanting free-style arrangement Dawn Sizgoric has used white gladiolus and small green orchids. The vase was placed in the centre of a circular table with windows behind. A sheet of white card was held behind when I took the photo' that I have needed to 'smudge' at the edges.
Helen Quarrell made this double glass vase arrangement using pink orchids, thyme flowers in test tubes and agapanthus flower heads. Her thought was to make a work that could be set on a long table and would impart a feeling of coolness on a hot day.
Also arranged in a glass vase is this arrangement of a red painted branch, contrasted with white hydrangea and a small green spruce. It was made by Ellie Welkamp who created a feeling of the materials to be floating above the vase.
Maureen Duffy created this elegant work with an interesting white painted root and white oriental lily in a moon vase. The curve of the root makes attractive spaces in the arrangement and is a playful use of the space of the vase itself.
On the weekend we went to Sydney for the wedding of one of Laurie's nephews. As we walked from our hotel we came across this interesting sculpture made with 'eucalyptus sticks' by a Sydney artist, Peter Collins, who is also a keen surfer. On a plaque he is quoted as describing the sculpture as a '...wave that escaped the ocean, dressed up in sticks and went to shore...'. I thought it would look good in an ikebana exhibition and was very impressed with the technique. There was no visible fixing other than the iron at the base of the work.
Greetings from Sydney 4th December 2011