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Posts Tagged ‘Hana Kubari’

Hanakubari with Anthurium, Willow and Dried Strelitzia Leaf

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Hana kubari with willow, anthurium and dried strelitzia leaf

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.

Hana kubari side view

Hanakubari with Elm Branches, Allium and Hydrangeas

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Hanakubari with Tithonia, Zinnia, and Trifoliate Orange

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 254

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

This green glass vase is one that I love, it has a great shape and the glowing green from the light going through the vase gives me a lift. I think using the lemon as the hana kubari works quite well, it uses form and function to add value to the design. With the addition of the yellow/red tulip the combination of the colors red, yellow and green create a harmonious design. Hopefully I’ll have more tulips(and some iris) to use in the next few days.

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 251

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 231

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Using the only materials with any color I could find in the garden (spring is here but the blooms are still scarce) I made this small hana kubari. The pussy willow branches are used as natural supports for the flowers, and I left an open area of reflecting water.

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 182

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 122

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Today is the completion of one third of my project. It’s getting a bit harder, some days it’s easy and other days I struggle to come up with something. Each day I do manage and I’m feeling pretty good about that. At this point I really need to look back at what I have done and see what direction I really want the next section to take. This journey with Ikebana is a lifelong study and process, so I have to remember to be patient and just do something every day. For today I chose to do hana kubari with a fresh pear and red tulip. The pear is the hana kubari or the means by which the flower (the red tulip) is held in place. Not only does it provide a way to hold the flower in place, it actually becomes an important part of the design. Whereas a kenzan, Soegi-dome (vertical type fixture, or Jumonji-dome (cross bar fixture) and meant to be covered and not seen, the hana kubari is an important visual element in the complete design. Here is pear is simply pierced with a chopstick to provide a straight opening so that the tulip may be inserted through the pear and into the vase.

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 63

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Autumn leaves called me today, and I collected them one by one. They were massed on a branch to create a hana kubari (flower holder) and a sinble sunflower was placed in it. The branch created a contrasting movement to the self made vase I used. It’s a simple arrangement really, but it captures the feeling of a crisp autumn day.

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 47

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

My starting point for today’s arrangement was a long, low ceramic contianer that I received as a gift from my partner Frederick. Several ideas went thru my head, and I settled on one in particular. I had wanted to do a hana kubari (a natural means of supporting flowers) and I wanted to expand on a smaller arrangment I made a few years ago. To do this I needed to gather magnolia leaves, a lot of them, in fact I gathered 100 of them! Then I started threading each one on a bamboo skewer. They are all facing the same direction and I put them on one by one and then inserted another bamboo skewer about two inches below the first one. This formed my basis for the design, and I gathered materials to make an airy arrangement that I wanted to look like a meadow. Some various grasses were cut, and hyssop, flox, garlic flowers, blackberry lily, and orange bulbine frutescens. Each stem was inserted into the hana kubari made of the magnolia leaves until I had filled up the design. I really wanted it to look like a small meadow, and I think I succeeded.

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