Ikebana principles in this month's arrangement:
Our lesson will focus on the use of dried materials. Using dried materials allows you to think outside the box (or vase), since dried materials don’t need to be placed in water. In addition, mixing fresh and dried materials together emphasizes the contrast between the two, and makes the fresh materials seem more alive. It reminds me of a Japanese concept called Mono‐no‐aware which is the idea that “our awareness that beauty is impermanent makes us appreciate it more”.
Cut woody stems, like roses, at a slant to maximize hydration and make inserting them into the kenzan easier.
Lean the baby’s breath against other materials if you have difficulty securing them in position.
Cutting your fresh flowers underwater will help prolong their life by preventing air bubbles from forming.