In my last two posts, the difference between summer field and tropical material arrangements was discussed. In both of these arrangements, multiple materials were used. However, in the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, the student is expected to be proficient in making one-material arrangements. When I was thinking of examples of one-material arrangements to put in this post, my mind immediately went to the one-material arrangements of Ms. Lily Zhang.
The upper most arrangement is using gloriosa lily. She is well-known for her unique and inspiring use of gypsophila which is seen in the lower two arrangements.
Working with only one material can be difficult as it is harder to make a focal point which is the point of the arrangement to which the eye goes to first. But not every arrangement needs to have an obvious focal point as the above arrangements show. Some materials can be difficult with which to work due to lack of variation of the material. One of the more easy materials with which to work are flowering trees such as cherry, crabapple, or dogwood or flowering bushes such as quince. These examples will not only show greenery, but also have the attraction of line and color.
David Williams: I've been practicing Ichiyo Ikebana since 2012 and received my Associate Master certificate on 9-19-21.