What inspired me to return to posting was a recent lecture and demonstration that I gave at the Fragrant Leaf, a tea boutique in Albuquerque, NM. "SECRET GARDEN" AFTERNOON TEA & IKEBANA DEMONSTRATION, Sunday, April 17, 2016. A demonstration of Ikebana by Mable Henderson* Orndorff, certified Ikebana instructor. Three lucky raffle winners took home materials for an Ikebana arrangement.
Each table was artfully set with teapot and a three-tiered serving stand on lovely linens. It was a floral-inspired afternoon tea with two teas, magnolia blossom-infused oolong and iced lychee with a hint of rose water, and delightful edibles.
In keeping with the concept of Ikebanafuzion, I demonstrated the components of a classical arrangement in a Chinese vase, a moribana in a low flat container, and a freestyle design in a contemporary 21st century container. These spanned centuries of Ikebana with the fusion of forms from various eras.
The first arrangement was in a Chinese Cinnabar vase. I chose this particular container from my collection because Ikebana originated in China and was brought to Japan by a Buddhist monk five or six centuries ago. My vase makes no claim to be authentic or antique; however, it is evocative of ancient Chinese art. (See https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Cinnabar, figures 2, 3, and 12.)
Monstera deliciosa provides the dominant force or backdrop for rose-tinted lavender daisies and one short stem of (Ruscus aculeatus) meets the viewer. Common names for these greens are split-leaf philodendron and butcher’s broom respectively. A pop of color in the same color family of the daisies, an Alstroemeria, reaches forward. What conventions are broken here besides the shape of the container?
* Henderson is my middle name, which I've been using on this blog.