Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Open Studio

今日一日も小さな一生涯。Today is one small lifetime.
心の藏を開くには 佛の智慧のかぎ(鍵)がいる。In order to open the storehouse/treasury (藏) of the heart, we need the key of the Buddha's wisdom.
(Translated by Dr. Anthony Chambers)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Unconventional materials/workshop

(1) Sandy, packing foam

(2) Linda, bricks and packaging tape

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Use of unconventional materials

Unconventional materials means anything non-botanical, or anything inorganic. Sogetsu school's motto is arranging using any materials (in any situation, at any time). Book 4 lesson 11 is the fun lesson, yet, the most challenging lesson in all curriculum.
Our Sogetsu study group meets today. The theme is use of unconventional materials. I agreed to talk about it and do a short demo. It's a truly challenge.

Material: flexible straws

Friday, October 8, 2010

lotus seed pods

Found lotus seed pods at Mayesh (flower shop), but they don't have lotus leaves. This is the best I can do. Love lotus. 出污泥而不染。(Grow in the mud but not contaminated.)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

ikebana study 10/2/10

(1) Hanging amaranthus

(2) Magnolia

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Safflower and Sedum

(Odd combination, but that's what left over from the class. I made the containers in summer. They were just fired last week.)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

ikebana study 9/4/10

(1) Curly willow
I bought medium size curly willow last week. The top part of fine curly branches were used by students in class. The bottom thick parts were left. I try to use whatever left over from the class. Hate to just throw them away.
In this arrangement, no wires were used.

(2) Ti leaves
2 pieces of Ti leaves were left from last week also. Ti leaves were cut into pieces. 3 fine sticks were pierced through, and small wax flowers were filled in between leaves.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

straight and curve lines

Materials: curly willow, umbrella grass, queen ann's lace

Make the curly willow a circular form. Some small branches are stretched out, which are perfect fine. These small branches actually extended the space for this otherwise small arrangement. The straight line slice through the circular form to establish the tension. Queen ann's lace provide the lightness of the arrangement.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Desert materials

I accidentally over watered the house cactus. Their roots start to rot. Before they collapse, I thought it's a good practice for me to use them in my ikebana study.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Avage americana (century plant)

Century plant (Agave americana) doesn't live up to 100 years. When they produce flowers, they are about to die. I just learned that from our Desert Botanic Garden. The Agave flowers I used here are from my community.

Friday, June 18, 2010

intertwine study

line, mass, & color

NZ flax (line), gypsophila (mass), dendrobium (color)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Men's class at Sogetsu Headquarter

I was there when they were shooting the class. They also interviewed me. But I don't speak Japanese, I was not in this video. It was fun.

See my January blogs.

simple/simplified arrangement

After Saturday's class, there were only one ti leaf and a few red dog wood branches left.
This is just a quick study. Feel like a more ikenobo way. (3 inserts were in a line, not a typical Sogetsu triangle.)

Monday, May 10, 2010