At class recently my teacher set a 'simple arrangement' as the exercise. This was interesting because it was not an arrangement that was made then simplified. From the start it needed to be uncomplicated. I felt that it would work better to use strong and distinctive material. For the first ikebana I used a large dried leaf of a fig (sorry, unidentified type) and a single large white chrysanthemum. The vase is a stainless steel cone with holes of differing sizes.
Greetings from Christopher
13th July 2013