It’s been a couple of months since I’ve devoted project time to contemplating formal shape and Ikebana. There has also been an enticing variety of containers waiting for the peaceful afternoon. It all finally came together yesterday.
The small, pure black “monolith” was the starting place. It was assembled, on the fly by noticing things that were just lying around. The perfect elm twigs had fallen from the parent tree right in front of my back door. They became the framework for a Moribana inspired appearance. This arrangement combines the hardness of twigs with the softness of blooms.
An Italian glass handkerchief vase inspired an arrangement based on Jiyūka or free-form sensibilities. The elements flow and soften the dangerous edges of the fragile glass container.
A concentric circle wooden bowl is just the shape needed for a reverse Moribana that stresses a sloping angle. This piece plays with various shapes, weights, and materials.
I hope these images have brought some calm into your day.