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Aug. 14th, 2016 @ 10:58 am Ikebana workshop
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I like learning new things, and the easiest way to get acquainted with a new field is to join an introductory workshop. So when we saw the announcement for an ikebana workshop in Zeist, we decided to join. We had to get up early (or at least earlier than we usually do on Saturdays) and we were there nicely on time. As usual with these things, I was the only man present.
The instructor started off with a little introduction on ikebana (though her pronounciation of the Japanese terms was all wrong and there were some easily-caught errors in the story...) She is a master in the Ohara school of ikebana, and she introduced some of the concepts. She taught us the first arrangement, and explained about the materials and the angles, which was quite fascinating. During the work, I found that my intuition would sometimes go against the rules -- that's not entirely unexpected, but still. I was pretty pleased with my result, and then the instructor came by to fiddle with it a bit more so it would conform better to the forms. Not sure I liked that result better than my own, but perhaps I need to learn about the esthetics of the school more before I appreciate it.
 

Ikebana uses a piece of lead with copper nails sticking out to 'pin' the flowers on. You can see it in the photos. Much was made of the price of it, but it turned out to be less than 20 euros. I get that it's a lot of money for some people, but surely if you can shell out 22.50 for the workshop, 18 euros is not that much of an additional investment to be able to continue at home? Long story short, we bought one, and now our arrangements are sitting side by side on the dresser (the other one is in a piece of oasis).
Good fun, and I think I'd like to know more about it. Perhaps there are some clips on youtube to tell us more about the different arrangements.
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From:anemoona
Date:August 14th, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
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Je zou eens op de site van de vhs (volkshochschule) in Duitsland kunnen kijken. Er is een ikebana cursus die elk jaar aangeboden wordt. Misschien iets voor jou?

https://www.vhs-goch.de/index.php?kathaupt=6&suchesetzen=true
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From:fub
Date:August 14th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Ik acht mijn Duits niet goed genoeg om alle nuances van een cursus te kunnen volgen. En het is voor de andere deelnemers ook niet eerlijk als ik steeds extra uitleg nodig heb...
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From:resonant
Date:August 14th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)
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Interesting,but the flowers themselves would also be very expensive.
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From:allaboutweather
Date:August 14th, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
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There's no shortage of tulips in the Netherlands. I'm not sure how much they cost but it wouldn't be too hard for him to find them. ;)
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From:fub
Date:August 14th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Fresh flowers are easy to get -- the Netherlands exports a lot of flowers, so there's plenty to go around here.
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From:allaboutweather
Date:August 14th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Ah. I suppose they don't cost that much?
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From:fub
Date:August 14th, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I never buy flowers in a foreign country, so I can't give you any comparison prices. But the flowers here don't strike me as overly expensive, no.
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From:fub
Date:August 14th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Depends. Ikebana is, like many Japanese types of expression, tied to the seasons. So you'd use (mostly) seasonal material, which is less expensive. Also, you don't need a lot, as you can see: three roses and a few twigs.
And it was heavily implied (though not officially endorsed) that you could respectfully cut a few twigs here and there from public grounds... I got the impression that getting fined for 'wild cutting' was seen as a rite of passage. Not sure I'm going to carry my clippers everywhere from now on.

But you're right: the (potential) price of the materials would be pretty much on par with the price of the kenzan, or at least within an order of magnitude.
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From:goblue
Date:August 15th, 2016 11:59 am (UTC)
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You do the coolest things. This is great.
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From:fub
Date:August 17th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
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It is great! I love learning about new (well, new-to-me) things in this way.
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