Summary of learning:
As we begin to close in on the finish of In-depth, I have created a new piece under the instruction of my mentor. I crafted this flower arrangement with the motifs of coziness and lightheartedness. Coziness was expressed by the close-quartered container and the sort of layering of flowers as they share the small space; Lightheartedness was represented through the colour scheme which brings that sort of mood and the comfortable fitting of the flowers as they complement each other. This particular work is very simplistic compared to my prior works and that is because I also felt like going for a minimalist feel which differs from my past works. My mentor and I both feel that only through exploring different techniques and concepts can we come to a fuller perspective of ikebana. Below is the flower arrangement titled “Floral Folly”.
Concepts are actually one of the key ideas in ikebana as the flower arrangements are always made with some bigger concept or theme behind it. The kind of concept used in ikebana is like the idea behind the company. The company represents the idea and capitalizes on it to turn it into something unique and special which is how the flower arrangement portrays concepts in original ways. My mentor and I usually dicuss a few different types of concepts before creating an arrangement. The first concept is mood which is basically what you want the person looking at it to feel and then we take concepts like colour and angle to appeal to the feelings we are looking for. In ikebana, I feel like concepts are layered and that certain concepts lead to other concepts like in the example I just showed. Concepts can be described as “road junctions that open up several other roads” as they open new paths for ideas and thoughts (p.121).
I almost feel like these chapter topics are made for ikebana because ikebana is an ancient art with thousands of variations. One of the most important ideas to understand about ikebana is that it is divided into thousands of schools of thought. In fact, some ikebana doesn’t even use flowers and uses modern means like paperclips and staples to portray meaning. My mentor has offered me lots of alternatives as she does not force me to stick to any school, although she is most skilled in the school of ikenobo. In fact, as you can see from my summary of learning, my newest work is taken from a minimalist train of thought which is quite diverse of an alternative to which I am used to. My mentor encourages me to learn from different perspectives to gain a fuller understanding of ikebana and its essence. If I had to say something about her offering more alternatives, I would like to try ikebana without flowers and instead use other means of representation.
In-depth night presentation:
I plan on creating a learning centre rather than presenting as my in-depth is more of a viewing than an act. I don’t intend do anything fancy as I would like my audience to pay attention to the flower arrangement themselves. I plan on displaying the flower arrangements in the open and answering any questions or comments from the audience. I hope to talk about my learning experience and the concepts I have grasped over my period of learning. I wish to share my knowledge and expertise in the subject and hope the audience will take in an interest in ikebana as well. The interactive feature of my learning centre is viewing the same flower arrangement from different angles and talking about how the angles affect the mood and tone of the art as angles are very important in ikebana.