Variation No. 4 Upright Style Moribana

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    Ikebana classes have started up again. It's always fun to do this during the spring, because of all the beautiful blossom branches that can be used for Shin and Soe

    Materials used in this Ikebana arrangement:

    Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera)
    Gerbra Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

    From my text book on today's lesson:

    Removing Soe from the Basic Upright Style, we have the Variation No. 4 Upright Style. Placement of the Kenzan is (1). However, it does not mean that the distinguishing characteristics of the style is achieved simply by excluding Soe. To create the ultimate expression of simplicity, reduced to the bare essentials, real tension is required in the composition. When Soe is taken away, the importance of Shin and Hikae are increased. Shin is placed so as to be distinctive. Hikae is measured correctly so that it should not be too long. Jushi are added in such a way that they are not mistaken for Soe, but are functional and have a simple expression.

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    1. slightly-less-random 97 months ago | reply

      I guess it would make more sense if I knew what Soe is. It's lovely though!

    2. Meighan 97 months ago | reply

      Shin and Soe are the two main lines (made with branches) in any basic Sogetsu Ikebana arrangement. There is a third main line, Hikae which is the longest flower in each arrangement. These three main lines represent Heaven, Earth and Humankind.

      Sorry, I put the description from the text book in more for the Ikebana group that I submit these photos to!! I guess I should explain what I'm talking about though better for people who watch my photostream who don't do Ikebana ;)

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