If, like me, you enjoy using unusual Ikebana containers, you’ve probably come across some with tiny apertures. You know; the ones that are too small for a kenzan: where flower foam would be too messy; and chicken wire too fiddly. And unless you do something, your flowers just will not stay where you want them.
Well, of course, there’s a simple way to deal with that and this tip will show you how. Yes, there’s some wire involved!
In Ikenobo Ikebana we love to be creative, and in this tip I’d like to show you as simple way to get creative with leaves, by using wire.
This is a simple way to take soft leaves that will break if bent or just spring back and shape them the way you want them. Here I demonstrate how to bend beautiful cordyline leaves into gentle curves. This is a technique I use in lots of arrangements. In rikka I can make the right-angled bends we need to accompany mizugiwa and in freestyle….well you’ll see in my finished arrangement.
Our autumn Ikebana exhibition was a great success and we all hugely enjoyed the day. So both as a thank you to my students, Middlesex Bonsai Society and Miyoko, and for your viewing pleasure, I thought I should post a few (well, more than a few) photos from the day. Please share them with other poeple liberally and spread the joy of Ikebana!