When taking lessons within the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, one learns to make arrangements for special occasions such as exhibitions, demonstrations, and for events in one's life. This post will show arrangements made for a memorial exhibition for a member of the Ikebana International Rochester Chapter who had recently passed away. A virtual exhibition was put on their website honoring this member--Fudeko Maruyama.
The above arrangement was made by Ann Nash who used materials from her garden. She and her husband are accomplished gardeners and she has learned how to use materials from her garden which are materials that many wholesale and retail florists don't sell. She is using an Ichiyo School of Ikebana style basket which Ichiyo students learn how to use in arrangements. The piece of wood under this basket arrangement is a shikimono. More will be explained about what a shikimono is in the write up below.
This second arrangement is by Gail Newman my teacher who primarily gives me lessons during the warmer months of the year. As in the first arrangement where the materials were taken from Ms. Nash's yard, Gail also has used green material she has collected at her home or close by. Flowers are harder to come by depending what is in bloom and sometimes the only flower options are what is available in the grocer stores. Sometimes the only materials an ikebana student can use are what he or she can found around their home. Ikebana students learn to use the most unexpected materials.
In this last arrangement by Karen Napoli, we see the use of a shikimono--a mat that is placed under the arrangement to help define the arrangements space. Creatively, this shikimono is a mirror which reflects the arrangement toward the viewer which adds to the original arrangement's size and attractiveness. It is a very light arrangement which can be a particularly attractive aspect of some ikebana arrangements. Ms. Napoli is my ikebana teacher when Ms. Newman is in Florida. Maybe you can see some of their influence on my arrangements. Ms. Napoli is also an accomplished gardener. These two--being a gardener and ikebana student--go hand in hand. Having one's own garden which grows materials on can use in an arrangement can help save money.