Jeanne Holy, sensei from the Illinois Prairie Chapter of Ikenobo, met us via Zoom on Sunday, April 2. She had sent us a video lecture on jiyuka earlier in the week.
In her lecture she explained that while jiyuka is a “freestyle” arrangement, it is still Ikenobo. It is “music for the eyes.” It still needs a focal point and depth and movement (either vertical, slanted or horizontal).
Our challenge for this workshop was to use multiple containers or one container with multiple kenzans and to use three materials. She illustrated her challenge by filling two wine glasses with shredded plastic water bottles to be used as the
containers for her arrangement.
During our Zoom review meeting, Jeanne pointed out that one of the special attractions of using multiple containers is that you can place them in different positions in relation to each other while keeping in mind where you will be placing
them (coffee table vs. mantelpiece) and who will be viewing them.
She suggested taking photos, as you can be more objective in critiquing your own creations.
Please take a look at all the creative creations created for this workshop