My Ikebana: Sculpting Salal

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Salal leaves are already beautiful in themselves so normally, I never think of trying to alter their shape; but my challenge today is to make something "sculptural" with salal!

Salal is not a leaf/branch that bends to one's will easily.  If I try to make them curl or force them to take a certain angle, they always bounce back.  So, after folding, I slice across the crease.  Then, I insert another leaf into the slit to create a three-dimensional shape.

The activity feels more like paper craft than flower arranging! 

I add one carnation stem for extra colour.

Here it is... my salal sculpture arrangement!

I hope you like it.  --Miyako


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