On to the ikebana . . .
This time, I wanted to share some pictures of Moribana.
Moribana was originated by the First Headmaster, Unshin Ohara. It's an ikebana where the materials are arranged as if they are piled up in a low, flat container with a large surface of the water showing. Many other schools of ikebana also have a Moribana style, but it was originated in the Ohara School of Ikebana.
The most basic style in Moribana is the Upright Style. It expresses the beauty of materials that stand upright. The three principal stems are arranged to form a scalene triangle with all other materials acting as filler stems.
Five stems of Calla lily are used as the subject and secondary material. The tallest stem in the back is the main stem of the arrangement, the subject, with the stem angled out to the left being the secondary stem. These two form the first two points of the scalene triangle. The other three stems of Calla lily are arranged to give the group a sense of movement and interest.
Because the lilies have no green leaves, three stems of Solidaster are used to fill in the base of the group and to help cover the kenzan.
Next, three Tulips are added as the mid-filler. One is short in the front, one is tall in the middle, and one more is short in the back. The three stems form a mountain shape when viewed from the side.
Last, five stems of Sweet Pea are used as the object group with a few fronds of Leather Leaf mixed into the group. The Sweet Pea angled out to the right is the third stem that forms the last point of the scalene triangle.
This picture taken vertically helps to show off the beautiful lines of the Calla lily and the beauty of the Upright Style.
After doing this arrangement, I did one in a much smaller container, also using five materials.
Three leaves of New Zealand Flax, three stems of Anemone, three blooms of Alstroemeria, three stems of Stock, and Asparagus myriocladus is used throughout to connect all the materials.
A close-up of the flowers.
And how small is this arrangement? It's hard to tell without a point of reference.
This small. Yes, that is a regular pen in front of the container -- small.
And there you have it.
The big and small of ikebana.