Flowers and Ikebana

3-in1 Ikebana: Before They Were Three, Now They Are One

It was my first time to try creating a 3-in-1 Ikebana arrangement. As I go on with my training as an Ikebana sensei, I try to focus on improving my weak areas such as making arrangements without using kenzan; and using unconventional materials. For yesterday’s special lesson with my sensei, I again tried to challenge myself by making arrangements using tall vases. They call this as Nagaire  wherein materials are arranged in a tall cylindrical vase without using kenzan or the spiky frog.  I always have a hard time making a Nagaire arrangement because placing the materials in certain degree or angle  is very delicate; if one flower or stem moves, the whole arrangement is busted. After more than 40 arrangements, I somehow manage to control my materials but I am still not that comfortable.

3-in-1 Ikebana: Three Individual Arrangements as One Composition 

To add more to the challenge, I tried to create three individual arrangements that will look unified when they are placed together.  Doing so, I refrained myself from placing the vases side-by-side so that I can focus on one particular vase. However, when I finished doing my second and third arrangements, I put them together from time to time to see if the three blend well. My sensei said that this method is a bit difficult but she was glad that my work turned out great.

First arrangement using the colors of orange, pink. and white in a cylindrical vase carved with gold plum
Second arrangement in blue and pink placed in a dark green vase carved with gold bamboo
Third arrangement using orange, pink and white colors placed in the same dark green vase designed with gold pine tree
Three different arrangements combined into one using the Shochikutai vases (pine, bamboo, plum) which means prosperity, resilience, and beauty

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