Topic: Form 1 - Mass

Ikebana Aesthetics Program - Zoom Ikebana Dojo

Learn about the four Ikebana elements online in September & October 2020. Beginners welcome. 日本からのご参加歓迎いたします。

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Session 1, 4:00 - 4:30 PM, 19 September 2020 (Melbourne Time) - Fully Booked
Session 2, 4:00 - 4:30 PM, 26 September 2020 (Melbourne Time) 

Shoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo 

Who can Join: Anyone, regardless of ikebana school, stage of learning or country of residence. Beginners welcome. You must be familiar with Zoom. Sessions will be conducted in English. 

How Many Participants: Up to 7 for each session 

How Much: Aus $40 for 4 sessions (Line, Form, Space & Colour). Pay by bank transfer (within Australia, type your name in reference) or credit card or Paypal. You can pay $10 to join just one session.

Any three-dimensional object can be form with height, width & depth. There are two types of form, geometric (artificial) and natural (organic) form. For instance, cube, sphere and cone are geometric, and all other forms such as animals, fruits and chairs are organic.

In the study of form in Ikebana how to use mass effectively is particularly important. Mass is three-dimensional bulk. In Ikebana you can make mass by grouping flowers, leaves, stems or branches to create poetic energy (See samples at the end of this post). A single branch may suggest flow of living energy, but a mass of branches can imply power or energy in itself. It may be enhanced by tone, texture or colour.

In Form 1 we focus on mass of flowers, and its relationship to container.

For more about Form in Ikebana, refer to a short essay, "Introduction to Ikebana Aesthetics" by Dr Shoso Shimbo (available shortly in English & Japanese).

1. Create a single mass in your design using flowers. The mass should suggest 3D.
2. Use moribana style (use kenzan, florist form or others for easy fixture). We will focus on Nageire style in Form 2 & 3.
3. Make the mass main feature of your design. You may add a few lines, leaves, flowers or branches to enhance the poetry of your mass. Let’s call them secondary elements in this design.
4. Master how to create poetry out of the relationship between mass, secondary elements & container. See our Session Notes for the strategies to create poetry.  

What You Need

1. secateurs
2. kenzan or florist foam or wire packed container (see a task for Balance 1)
3. container - any include a cup.
4. flower materials (suggestion only):
Chinese jasmine

How to Make It
You will receive Form 1 Session Notes with valuable information for making your arrangement after your payment. Our free video and the Session Notes will help you make your ikebana work.

How to Apply & Participate

Step 1 - Apply

(1) Send an application form.
Apply by 15 September for Session 1, 4:00 - 4:30 PM, 19 September 2020 - Fully Booked
Apply by 22 September for Session 2, 4:00 - 4:30 PM, 26 September 2020

Step 2 - Pay

(2) If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with instruction on how to pay.
Please visit our orientation page for more practical advice on how to use Ikebana Dojo. It is not a normal workshop, but a special learning program that requires you to participate actively.

(3) Upon receipt of your payment, we will send you an email of invitation to the session & session notes on how to make a sample work.

Step 3 - Get Ready

(4) Do your task.

(5) Make your ikebana work before the session. Take a photo of your work (less than 0.5 Meg.) and send to at least 24 hours before the session starts if you want detailed feedback.

(6) Alternatively, you can share the photo of your work during the session. Find a way to share your file using Zoom.

Step 4 - Join Dojo

(7) Join the session. Prepare your work and its photo. 
03:55 PM Australia/Melbourne: Please join the session, and check your connection etc.
04:00 PM Australia/Melbourne: Let’s start session together.
04:30 PM Australia/Melbourne: Session closes

(8) Enjoy show and tell by other students before and after your own presentation. Group interaction is helpful for your learning. Works by others can inspire you.

Step 5 - Rework

(9) Rework based on advice from our facilitators. Share a photo of your revised work to Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page. See how to apply for Ikebana Gallery Award if you are a student.

(10) If you would like to join Zoom Ikebana Dojo again, please visit our pages on Ikebana Aesthetics Program or Special Program.

Samples for Advanced Students