On Saturday 29th, my teacher Shoso did a demonstration at the Made In Japan shoo. Rather than showing the usual traditional moribana, Shoso Sensei has shown us the tips and tricks to achieve a more professional result.
Good work starts with a Good base "
He first made a small arrangement to illustrate what was a good base and how important it was. Also, demonstrating the methods to create the "Good base" - one that will keep the work intact.
Techniques like bending a small branch, wiring etc were all used in the 3 arrangements he made.
The last piece was a "larger" arrangement which Shoso Sensei started by building the framework with branches. He spent a long time in making that, carefully explaining that, the longer you spend on the base structure, the better it would be for the design. Then adding floral would take less time.
I think it was a very interesting workshop. Many only see ikebana in very traditional styles but there is a lot more to be seen from the Sogetsu ikebana. And the workshop was just a glimps of it.