Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Free Style: Shoso


This is a work inspired by my students' works. Both Rebecca and Teresa recently made an arrangement using one flower and one fine leaf. I started my work with the same motief and ended up this work. Shoso Shimbo www.shoso.com.au

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Monday, 26 December 2011

Free Style: Rebecca



Attached are some photos of 2 arrangements I've made.  I was inspired by the edible herbs in my garden.

Fireworks - the seeding dill plant reminded me of fireworks which is very timely with New Year's coming up.  The other "leaves" are garlic chives.

Splash of orange - the orange flower is a nasturtium and I've again used garlic chives.

I look forward to hearing your feedback on these freestyle arrangements and hopefully some tips on how I can take better photos.



"Thank you for your works, Rebecca. You have very interesting containers. There are so many things you have to learn to take good photos.  I am a still beginner but I think you had better not use flash light. Try to eliminate shadow, if you can. Most publishers do not accept photos that used flash." Shoso Shimbo

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Monday, 19 December 2011

Free Style: Teresa



Thank you Teresa for sending your homework. I can see that you had a very good meditative time with your flowers.
Top:  You used your container very effectively. But notice that your flower is very strong and your leaf is so delicate. Consider the difference more carefully and tell your own story.
Below: This is very good.  You may add a final small touch to the front part of the arrangement.
Comment by Shoso Shimbo

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Basic & Free Style: Jo


Jo joined Shoso's Ikebana workshop at BATCH. Her first Nageire style is very nice. BATCH, www.batch.org.au will host Ikebana courses again next year.

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Basic & Free Style: Jasmeet


Jasmeet is one of the students who joined Shoso's short Ikebana workshop at BATCH, Bulleen and Templestowe Community House. She made her first Nageire style very stable.


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Monday, 21 November 2011

Students' Exhibition

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Works by One of Our Judges



Mr Ken Smith, one of our judges for Ikebana Gallery Australia Award has sent us beautiful images of his art works. They are in our "Judges" page in this blog but we would like to show them in our "Home" page as well.

See "Award" page for the details of the award and "Judges" page for the details of our expert judges. We welcome submissions from all around the world.



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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Free Style: Asami


Using two different types of iris, Asami made an arrangement for her baby boy.

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Basic Style: Aileen


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Basic Style: Marie


This is Marie's work in her third lesson.

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Bais Style: Roslyn


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Monday, 7 November 2011

Free Style: Marian


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Basic Style: Lea


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Free Style: Penny


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Free Style: Julie


Julie enjoyed mixing many colours.

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Basic Style:Lisa


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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Basic Style: Iris


This is Iris :) Sorry for being random, i have been thinking of what to do for the exhibition. Please find attachment the arrangement that i have done at home. I feel more comfortable with Moribana style as i'm still very new .Is it ok? Or you would suggest i do something else?


Hi Iris, Yes, you can do Moribana style for our next exhibition. This is a really good work. I think this is your personal best. However, you need to work a bit more with the two main branches. Although their angle, length and position are almost perfect, please meditate on the leaves of the branches. Shoso  

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Free Style: Marian


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Free Style: Maddie


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Free Style: Julie


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Basic Style: Heather


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Basic Style: Roslyn


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Basic Style : Teresa

Teresa is working hard for her first exhibition. One of the great things about having students' exhibitions is that they often achieve their personal best. We hope that there will be more Ikebana exhibitions in Australia. See the News page on this blog or visit the link below for the details of our next exhibition; http://shososhimbo.blogspot.com/2011/09/ikebana-exhibition.html

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Free Style: Lucy


Lucy emphasised the colour of the container in her work.

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Free Style: Roslyn


Roslyn made her first free style Ikebana. Interesting choice of materials.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Basic Style: Maddie


Maddie can now fix main branches easily. She will make a good Nageire arrangement in our forthcoming exhibition. Details of the exhibition are as follow:
http://shososhimbo.blogspot.com/2011/09/ikebana-exhibition.html
http://melbourne.gumtree.com.au/c-Events-and-Tickets-community-Ikebana-Exhibition-W0QQAdIdZ319065137

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Basic Style: Aileen


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Free Style: Julie


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Basic Style: Penny


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Basic Style: Heather


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Free Style: Marian


As you can see, this is an arrangement using vegetables. To see more of Marian's work, visit her new website.
http://Marian.zenfolio.com/p910393543

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Basic Style: Penny


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Basic Style: Asami


This work consists of two basic style arrangements.  Asami is about to finish Certificate 2 and now she is confident with basic style arrangements. Upon commencing Certificate 3, she will focus more on free styles.

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Basic Styl: Maddie



Maddie chose unusual materials for her main branches and created an interesting work. 





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Basic Style: Rebecca


White waratah is interesting but heavy flower.

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Free Style: Linda


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Free Style: Lea


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Monday, 3 October 2011

Free Style: Lucy

Lucy enjoyed meditating on the colours of her materials.

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Basic Style: Marie

This is Marie's first Ikebana. The main brunches are fixed in the right positions.

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Basic Style: Jenny

This is Jenny's first Ikebana work. Carnation is easy to use to practice basic styles.

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Free Style: Helen


Helen intended to activate the space outside the container.

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Basic Style: Maddie


This is a very well balanced Ikebana arrangement using Australian plants.

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Basic Style: Sonya


Thryptomene works well with lilies.

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Free Style: Aileen


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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Free Style: Marian


This is an arrangement using berries and fruits.

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Free Style: Lucy


Lucy enjoys using lines in natural materials.

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