Nine participants took Wanda Sensei’s challenge to create a Jiyuka (aka Freestyle) arrangement with viewing and critique via Zoom. Before the workshop, she sent a very informative video to help us understand just what Freestyle means.
Freestyle has no set pattern or form. The theme, expressiveness of the arrangement, and how the plant materials are used to achieve that expression is up to the arranger. This does not mean the arrangement is simply thrown together without thought or order. So, each participant came up with a theme. We looked at everything from Springtime Motion to the Last Rose of Winter to Sisters’ Reunion to My Backyard.
And as we studied each work, we could see in the design and choice of materials exactly what the arranger was trying to tell us. It was amazing to see what each of the nine participants came up with to express their thoughts and feelings. Just look at the photos and you will see what I mean.