Miniature designs continued…..

This is my design for day 3 of a five day miniature design challenge on Instagram. Posting a few days late, but you can see the current work on my Instagram account. For this piece I made a construction using black stub and winding wire (and a large water tube) to make a form that I covered with magnolia catkins,…

Small scale works

Today I am posting another small work that I created yesterday as part of a series for a 5 day challenge of miniature designs. They’re being post to my Instagram account daily, but I wanted to share them here also. It’s a great distraction during the world pandemic occurring now, it also a way to increase some creative flow. My…

New beginnings

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, and the time has come to return. Today’s design is a miniature piece inspired by the work of German designer Gregor Lersch. Mostly with pieces I have on hand, as during this difficult time in the world it is a bit harder to obtain floral materials. I’ve been working on some…

Floral Variations

This is an arrangement I did for the Independent Floral Designers Association table at Potomac Floral for their annual flower show in March. I thought it would be a good chance to do something that was ikebana inspired using a basic ceramic container and floral foam. My only limitation was that it could be no more that a foot wide,…

Ikebana International Exhibition at the United States National Arboretum

  The annual spring exhibition presented by Washington, D.C. Chapter 1 of Ikebana International begins on Friday, April 3rd at the United States National Arboretum. Today was installation day for the first week of the exhibition. My arrangement with the Sogetsu School of Ikebana is shown above. It features intertwining materials emphasizing line and space. The intertwined materials are wire…

Workshop with Hitomi Gilliam

Many years ago I took a great course learning european floral design techniques at the AFS Education Center (now Teleflora) in Oklahoma City, OK. It was a great experience, and at the time it was suggested to me that I should study with one of the other designers who taught design classes there, and her name was Hitomi Gilliam. I…

Wood and Bamboo Strips

Taking a few materials left over from past projects I did a little experimentation and came up with this. Lately there has been a return to some work with bamboo, something I would love to do more of. I’ll keep the bamboo in mind with some of my works this summer.

Ikebana International Exhibition at the U.S. National Arboretum

Today the third and last exhibition installation of ikebana by the Washington,DC Chapter of Ikebana International opened at the U.S. National Arboretum. All of the ikebana arrangements are on view from 10AM until 4PM thru Monday, April 21. At the exhibition you can see the piece I did using bamboo, colored contorted filbert branches, craspedia, mosses, and aspidistra leaves.

Demonstration for BCC Workshop

Earlier this month I did a demonstration for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Workshop of the Washington,DC Chapter of Ikebana International. They are always such a warm and receptive group and it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with them. I managed to get some quick photos afterwards and You can see my work below. Now I am getting ready for…

Ikebana at The Art League Gallery

Thursday night The Art League Galley opened the Biennial Ikebana Exhibition featuring works of art by Art League artists paired with ikebana artists from the Washington, DC Sogetsu Ikebana branch. Frederick and I went to Alexandria to install my piece in the afternoon, most of the other ikebana artists were done and my spot was ready and waiting for me…

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