Today the Sogetsu Washington,DC branch held a workshop with member demonstrator Yoko Sprague leading the workshop with the theme of “Celebrations in Red and White”. She gave a really creative and interesting demonstration and then members had 30 minutes to create their own ikebana works based on this theme with the materials they had brought themselves. This provided quite a variety of designs with different flowers, branches and unconventional materials. It’a great to see other ikebana artists and learn from the critques and suggestions that come from workshops. I always learn new ways to use materials (and learn of new materials as well) and get to see great containers. Our next workshop in March will use either new containers we have, or one that we have never used before (it will be a great opportunity to try a container that might be more difficult to use too).