Sunday, September 19, 2010
In Love With Ikebana Demonstration
I went for the IN LOVE WITH IKEBANA demonstration at the Japan Creative Centre this week. Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 was invited by the Embassy of Japan to participate in the flower exhibition to promote awareness for the floral art. It was also an opportunity for them to recruit new members.
The demonstration was by headmaster Rishi Ohtsuka who began his study of Koryu (old school) Ikebana at the age of 13. Throughout the entire session, he created about eight different arrangements. His emphasis was on the importance of space and balance, both positive and negative, within and around the arrangement.
Here are some of the flowers that were at his disposal.
One of his arrangements using a piece of driftwood and a huge dried pod.
An arrangement perfect for the New Year.
This was my favourite piece. He actually made use of a mosquito incense holder to create this stunning geometrical arrangement.
Here's a close up look at the base. You could finish this with either one or more flowers. He initially thought of using three but decided to go with a single yellow bloom.
There was also an exhibition of arrangements done by members of Ikebana International Singapore Chapter. This huge arrangement was done by the president herself.
The Japan Creative Centre located at 4 Nassim Road holds regular events and exhibitions. Here are a few upcoming ones. See you there!