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Late Spring Workshop with Sensei Linnea Storm
On May 17, our workshop was most unique. Sensei Linnea Storm instructed us in a Boat Arrangement. She explained that this form can be arranged in 3 styles. The Left-handed ( gyakugatte).style is called Iribune or incoming boat. The prow and sail face to the right and the oar trails to the left. The Right-handed (hongatte) style called Debune, where the prow and sail face to the left and the oar trails to the right. The third style is called Tomaribune, following the tokonoma orientation and is placed on the floor. This shows the boat at anchor. It rests, with the sails taken in, having no oar. The Yakueda (the branches that play a role in the structure of the arrangement mainly the Shin, Soe and Tai ) do not extend beyond edges of the container.
Linnea showed us beautiful examples of the first two arrangements. For our class, she taught the third style, Tomaribune. This was done in the winter season form, having more leaves than flowers. Linnea chose Iris for this Isshuike (1 material) arrangement. The containers were in boat form, using a cup style kenzan to hold the flowers. Water is held only in the kenzan, which is placed in the center of the container. The kenzan is then covered with pebbles.
This class was challenging. We learned to create a mood, an aura of tranquility. This allowed the viewer to sense that this “boat” was actually resting in port.
In future we plan to have more challenging classes. We are so fortunate to have Senseis, like Linnea, who can patiently guide the beginner and also test the talents of our more learned students.
We look forward to next year. It promises to be interesting and fun.
We welcome our newest members. Andy Broder and Jimmy Yiannias. We are so happy that you are joining us on our Ikebana journey.
You can view pictures from the workshop below or on our facebook page.
To view larger images, you may select the Workshop Photos link to see all the arrangements from this and previous workshops.
IKENOBO BENEFIT SALE
Containers from the Collection of Janet Ikeda
Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Arizona expresses profound gratitude to Janet Ikeda for the donation of containers from her collection. We thank Janet for making these vases available to us. Our arranging flowers in them will ensure that her love of Ikenobo ikebana continues.
You may view all off the containers from the Collection by clicking on the image below or by clicking on this link.