My Ikebana: Fallen Maple

Added on by the ikebana shop.

Recent windy days afforded me the opportunity to pick up interesting branches that fell from the trees around Halifax.  Thank you to the snow for providing some cushion!

The dried moss gave an extra flavour to this branch.  Using it together with a thick piece of driftwood, I found a strong framework for the arrangement.

The arrangement needed a bit of colour so I unobtrusively inserted a few stems of red roses.

Since last year, I find myself creating arrangements that are more artificially "sculptured" (as opposed to using the natural shapes of the plant material.)  In this arrangement, I used the flowers not as "flowers" (i.e. not trying to show the beauty of the roses) but rather as a tool to add colour to the work.

I hope you like it!  --Miyako

(All photos by the ikebana shop.  All rights reserved.)