March 7th, 2014 by Keith
Ceramic container by Carla Amerau, framed photography by Erin Tetterton
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 to work. I choose a ceramic piece by Carla Amerau (who is also a very accomplished Sogetsu ikebana artist as well) and an intriguing photography piece by Erin Tetterton. Both of their pieces had very organic feel to them, and I was very pleased with how well they worked together. For my ikebana arrangement in the exhibition I choose some pink mink proteas, split bamboo, and some bird of paradise leaves that I wove with strips of red colored wool. After the installation we had dinner and came back for the opening which was really wonderful, a great chance to talk, view all the work and meet other artists too. This exhibition is up thru Sunday March 9th and I hope that you get a chance to go to Alexandria to see it!
To see more photos from the exhibition you can take a look at the Art League Gallery Flickr page
March 5th, 2014 by Keith
15th Biennial Ikebana Show
March 6–9, 2014
All events are in The Art League Gallery and are free and open to the public
Reception: Thursday, March 6, 6:00–8:00 pm. Performance by the Washington Toho Koto Ensemble beginning at 6:00 pm
Washington Toho Koto Ensemble performance: Saturday, March 8, 2:00 pm
Flower Arranging Demonstration: Sunday, March 9, 2:00 pm
Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogetsu School for our 15th Biennial Ikebana Show. This popular exhibit will be featured in The Art League Gallery from March 6-9, 2014.
What is Ikebana?
Recognized as a sculptural form of art, Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has over 300 schools of thought. Sogetsu Ikebana is a three-dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material arranged in a container. Sogetsu promotes an Ikebana of no limits, in which plant materials of any type may be used and displayed anywhere and in any circumstance. Sogetsu does not encourage students to emulate nature; they encourage students to use lines, hues, and masses provided by nature to inspire their own creations. Combining the arrangements with two and three dimensional artwork results in stunning, contemporary installations.
The Ikebana Exhibit
Sogetsu members have selected works of art by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists to inspire and complete their harmonious installations. The carefully crafted compositions of art and nature create a peaceful and reflective environment in the Gallery. A Sogetsu member is present at all times, watering the arrangements as needed and answering questions about their art form. This dynamic, interactive collaboration brings fresh and calming energy to The Art League Gallery.
February 15th, 2014 by Keith
February 13th, 2014 by Keith
December 9th, 2013 by Keith
My first book featuring photographs from “365 Days of Ikebana”is now available for purchase. If you would like to make a purchase Blurb books is offering a 20% discount on any order placed by December 15, just use code BLURBGIFT-1 at checkout.
October 11th, 2013 by Keith
I love building structures, and this one was quick and easy to make. Hanakubari is the technique of building fixtures with natural materials to support flowers without wire, nails, or screws. But more important is the fact that it is meant to be part of the design, not hidden like a kenzan or kubari fixture in traditional ikebana. For this particular piece I used mostly “Y” shaped pieces of willow, all held together with some light tension. Strong tension in this ceramic container, and the swelling of wooden stems could cause too much stress on the vessel and cause it to crack or break. There is just enough tension joining it will to form a Hanakubari that is interesting and secure for stems.
September 11th, 2013 by Keith
September 5th, 2013 by Keith
This is my garden inspired bouquet, using what I could find still in bloom in the late summer heat. I bought the kale leaves and glued them to the underside of the bouquet to start, and glued a leaf to cover the handle. Flowers were collected and cut from the garden and our potted plants and I got a nice mix of flowers and leaves, pods and acorns. It was a race against the rising summer heat in the studio, and I wanted to get photos done while we still had good light outdoors. After I finished I asked Frederick to go with me over to Fort Bunker Hill Park here in Brookland to do the photographs. It is a lovely place to shoot photos, but sadly is FULL of poison ivy, and now Frederick has it all of his legs and feet despite our attempts to be careful. Since then I have scouted some better areas to shoot photos in with less chances of getting into poison ivy. My original idea was to do cool colors, but with a limited amount of flowers I had to go with many colors instead. Perhaps the next one will be the cool colors using some local flowers from the farmer’s market to add to what I have in the garden. I will also be posting photos of the bouquet I did earlier in August using materials collected from the woods in the mountains and my mother’s garden, hopefully sometime this weekend.
August 21st, 2013 by Keith
July 11th, 2013 by Keith
The best part of summer is the wonderful array of flowers the garden has to offer, and if you look carefully you can find great roadside flowers to add to that bounty. Here is my latest collection of garden and gathered blooms in my $3 compote (yes, that price is correct!). I realize this is a departure from the ikebana works, and this is the other side of my floral design work. There is ikebana to come, but for now I am enjoying just making pretty work that satisfies me.