On Sunday, for Mother’s day, I went with my mom-in-law to an Ikebana workshop by Mikiko Ideno, at Tortoise, one of my favorite local shops here in Venice. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging.
The stems of the flowers and branches are held in place by the kenzan, a pincushion-like metal plate.
Branches and flower stems are cut underwater, using sharp shears and a shallow bowl. Cutting the stems underwater helps the flowers and branches last longer.
When placing the elements of the arrangement, we used the principle of the three “lines”, or elements: the first branch is the longest “line”, at a little more than two times the length of the container size (= container height + diameter). The second and third “lines” are slightly shorter in length. Once we placed the three lines, we added a few more flowers and leaves.
The main idea behind Ikebana is to utilize and appreciate the negative space within the flower arrangement.
All Toki cared about though was that I brought an extra branch home for her to munch on. . . .
Just a reminder – don’t forget to check out our Leash Review and Giveaway post from Monday! We’re accepting entries for our giveaway all week. Check out the post for photos of the beautiful paracord leash that’s up for grabs and for details on how to enter.
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