The October program opened with a haiku which set the stage for our demonstrator/members who were celebrating the bounty of the season with freestyle morimono.
Libby Haynes followed by describing the origins of the traditional morimono in the Edo period of Japan and displaying an example of a traditional morimono. This exhibit served as a contrast to the freestyle designs which were created during the program.
Entitled Artistic Expressions Reflecting Autumn Featuring Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds, the program featured three IOR members from different Ikebana schools. Each explained their approach based on the principles of their school while demonstrating their creativity. The members in the audience were treated to three masterful presentations that reflected the individual artistry of each designer.
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Helena Arouca represented Sangetsu.
Janice Whitehead represented Ikenobo.
Kumiko Suzuki represented Sogetsu.
The program concluded with tips about handling fruits and vegetables in arrangements. The presentation from the program, a list of plant materials for consideration and the workshop handout are available for members to download at the end of the articles.
The workshop which followed was led by Libby Haynes who demonstrated multiple designs. Libby began studying Ikebana in 2006 and is a Jonin Somu of the Sogetsu School as well as a former president of IOR. Following her lead and with her encouragement, participants from different schools allowed their artistry to flow and enthusiastically explored the outer limits of freestyle morimono.
Three designs Libby demonstrated during the workshop.
Libby also demonstrated how to incorporate red onion skins in an arrangement.
She also built a martini glass design.