Today, I will report on the new lesson “Ichigo-Ichie no Hana” held on January 12, 2020. This is the first time the lesson has been held, and the theme is early spring flowers.
Concept for the new lesson:
The term "Ichi-go Ichi-e" is derived from the tea ceremony culture in Japan. That means any moment in life cannot be repeated, and there are always once-in-a-lifetime-experiences. Thus, we should love and take care of each moment with people and anything else surrounding us.
Based on this idea, the new flower arrangement/decoration lesson started from January 2020. This lesson focuses on and pays attention to the characteristics of four seasonal flowers. In the lesson, participants learn the individual characteristics of arranging/decorating with the flower material. This is a different point from the ordinary flower arrangement which focuses on form.
The purpose of this lesson was to enjoy seasonal flowers which appear in daily life.
Which design/combination is better? How should we place or fix them? What types of vases/containers are good for flowers? Kisetsukajin appears to be simple and modern, however, in actuality, it is complex and intricate.
Containers These containers are actually used by kisetsukajin for photographing daily works. Some containers are vases, bowls for food, and other kitchenware which are used for different purposes in kisetsukajin.
Texture and shape are very important point in order to suit each flower.
The first arrangement is poppies. Why choose poppies? Because they have an expressive appearance. Poppies are good materials for kisetsukajin because they can be used from buds to blossoms to the end of their life.
In the lesson, I explained angles of flowers, lines of stems, and other characteristics such as what type of flower materials are match well. In addition, I showed other works using poppies on a tablet.
All participants used different flower materials because I wanted them to handle and experience many early spring flowers as much as possible.
In the photo are cherry blossoms, hyacinths, leucocoryne, and sweet pea flowers. What a beautiful fragrance!
This arrangement features simple lines and fixed flowers with branches. Considering environmental issues, using kenzan, which is a tool for flower arrangement, repeatedly or recyclable branches for fastening flowers to were used in the lesson.
The lesson also taught participants how to choose a container and flower materials that are suitable for early field mustard.
Other than these, we produced a lot of works up until the last minute of the lesson.
After the lesson, we enjoyed taking photos of our arrangements. I also explained my camera settings for optimal photos.
Finally, I arranged all flower materials into bouquets for all of the participants individually. I hope that the participants could enjoy many aspects of flowers.
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