The beginning of 2018 is turning out to be an exceptionally busy time. Among other things, on the ikebana front I have been involved in preparations for a forthcoming exhibition by members of the Ikebana International Chapter which will take place in March.

Continuing on from last week's theme of first classes for 2018, my student Val made her first arrangement using a 'vertical fixture' in a nageire style vase. That is a tall, straight-sided vessel. This is a challenging style and to reduce the stress we started with the 'slanting' version which is a little easier. 

In a 'slanting' arrangement the longest line (Shin) is leaning at a 45 degree angle. In this case coming forward of the vase toward the left side. The vertical fixture within the vase is not visible and has the function of holding the stem firmly in place so that it does not rotate.

My own ikebana this week returns to an earlier theme, that of the material Moonah melaleuca lanceolata, which I dealt with two weeks ago. 

Some of the flowers I had gathered back then held together without dropping for several days. I teamed them with some white spider chrysanthemums in a blue vase. The vase is by Mark Bell, a ceramicist working in Maine USA. 

Greetings from Christopher
11th February 2018

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