Ikebana

Ikebana

First Project

First, vertical ikebana piece
First, vertical ikebana piece

Some of my friends ask why flower arrangement is so hard, and I say “Because it’s a religious activity” sarcastically. In every quip there is a grain of truth, this grain was that you have to represent the last moments of this gorgeous flower with beauty and grace. My first time at the altair, I felt wholly unprepared for the task. Daunted by what I had before me, I remembered that it’s easy to arrange flowers, just make them feel what you’re feeling right now. Besides composing my piece with a steam roller, the other story I wanted to tell was a shy one. I crafted a scene of a bamboo forest coupled with a few modest flowers peaking around the stalks and the leaves. It wasn’t perfect. I could look back and give three reasons why this piece wasn’t a fitting memorial, but I think the imperfection was as telling of the piece as what I was trying to achieve. After all, you don’t see a deity the first few times you pray.

Oblique

Arrangement lazily hanging over one side
Arrangement lazily hanging over one side

Weaving

Flowers weaving around each other
Flowers weaving around each other

Bouncy

Bubbly flowers dancing around cool vase
Bubbly flowers dancing around cool vase

Tiny

Tiny arrangement
Tiny arrangement

Hanging

Flowers just hanging out
Flowers just hanging out

Lively

Joyous and alive ikebana
Joyous and alive ikebana

Always make time to stop and smell the flowers

Beautiful Orchids
Beautiful Orchids
Beautiful array of colorful flowers
Beautiful array of colorful flowers
Cattail like flowers
Cattail like flowers