Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 1

4—[8] Simplified arrangement

  • Japanese winterberry (Illix serrata) in a red vase with two throats

The objective of the arrangement is to manipulate the material by cutting, bending and removing unnecessary parts until nothing more can be removed. The ultimate aim is to emphasize the beauty and power of what remains.

Though some might have cut more aggressively, I chose to retain seven side branches to balance the strong container and to provide depth in the arrangement. Branches which point to the rear and the front often aren’t clear in two dimensional photographs.

I particularly liked the way the dark brown stem and waxy red berries echoed the two colour tones in the glass container.


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