Recently, in one of my classes, I have been teaching some of my students how to create a Radial Form ikebana arrangement.
The Radial Form is part of Advanced Hana-isho. It is a kind of ikebana that brings out the unique characteristics of the materials in a highly decorative work. They are created for the spaces where people live and work. Some of the forms can be viewed from the front only, and others can be created to be viewed from all sides.
The forms of Advanced Hana-isho have some special characteristics:
1. They can be created to decorate any kind of space, and the container used can be anything, including articles used in daily life, like cups, bowls, or plates.
2. The beauty of color is central to creating Hana-isho; however, combinations of materials that express the beauty of the season or their formal, sculptural beauty are also possible.
3. The length of the main stems and auxiliary stems, their angles, and the positions at which they are inserted are free.
4. There are three main stems, the Subject, the Secondary, and the Object.
5. The Radial Form can be arranged either in a shallow container or in a tall vase.
With all that said, I know it may sound complicated, but it is easy if you follow the guidelines and look at the materials carefully!
|Radial Form (front view only)|
Anthurium, prairie gentian, Dracaena godseffiana "gold dust"
In the Radial Form, the materials spread out from a central axis along the midway line of the container. I like to think of it as the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
From the central axis, all of the spokes of the wheel radiate out, creating lines of symmetry.
Here, anthurium is used as the Subject and the Secondary of the arrangement. Prairie gentian is used as the Object. And the "gold dust" is used as the green of the arrangement, which helps to meld all of the materials together.
When viewed from above, the lines of symmetry can be seen. The Subject can be on the left or right side, depending on the characteristics of the materials. Here, the Subject is on the right and the Secondary is on the left.