Sunday, April 19, 2009

Flower Power

On Friday, I'm channeling my inner Martha-meets-Edward Scissorhands for a traditional Ikebana class, the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement. Minimal flowers, stems and leaves are methodically used to create beauty and symbolism through shape, line and form. At the very least, my efforts will brighten this stale hotel room!

[photos via Zen-Images.]

24 comments:

Meg said...

Courtney, these are lovely, good luck! I know how you feel, when we moved abroad and were in temp housing all I wanted to do if fill our hotel room with flowers to give is some life- works like a charm!

CC said...

This looks like a cool class! I'm sure you'll soon be creating the most unique and interesting designs. I hope you show us pics from your classes!

jae said...

I love that you are absorbing the local customs and traditionals already. Can't wait to see what you make.

Joyce said...

I can't wait to see what you bring home. This will be a fun class. Enjoy! xoxo

Meg said...

ooo...Ikebana! Awesome! I have a Japanese friend in Boulder who is sort of an Ikebana 'master', I've always wanted to take one of her classes! Her home always has the most beautiful & interesting arrangements. What a fun opportunity! And you have great access to so many exotic flowers too!

The Beauty File said...

How very "Lost in Translation" of you! These arrangements are so pretty, I can't wait to see what you create!

Stephanie said...

These are ravishing. Have fun!

Vanessa said...

So fun! I hope you'll post your beautiful results!

Arlynn said...

Wow, these arrangements are so lovely & out of the ordinary - how fun for you!?! I love that you're getting to know a bit more of the local culture! Enjoy your class, can't wait to see the results :)

Rachel said...

I love being introduced to new arts/cultures/design! I can't wait to see your arrangements!

SimplyGrove said...

How fun!!

Sarah said...

Those are awesome! I can't wait to see what you create!

coco+kelley said...

i've always wanted to check out those classes! LOVE that last image... beautiful and simple arrangements!

Blair said...

Oh, what a fun thing to be learning. That first arrangement is just gorgeous. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

allie in g'town said...

Très pretty!

ern said...

I just happened upon your blog and I must admit I'm jealous. You have just arrived on your adventure in Malaysia and our family adventure is just coming to an end here! We have lived in Malaysia for almost 2 year (1 year in KL, 1 year out in the boondocks) and we are loathe to leave it. I'm excited to have found your blog so I can keep glimpses of this place I've learned to call home in the future. Good luck & terimah kasih!

julie y. said...

i ran across your blog via erika's blog a while back. i love reading...so many adventures. i am living in italy right now, but soon to be back in the states...yay back to the south, even though i have only been gone since february. though...it is bittersweet.

so neat. a lady that teaches the "artful design of ikebana" in atlanta, ga. just came to auburn to do a demo at the annual Art in Bloom show at the local museum. there is a lot of thought that goes into to composition of the arrangements. have fun!! take pictures too, i would love to see the your talent at work :-) god bless! julie y.

Yoli said...

Enjoy your time there, you will come to love it with a passion.

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

These are beautiful - and with the minimal use of florals I am assuming they would be pretty inexpensive to replicate... perfect for a budget wedding! I am filing this idea away for sure!!

HarbengerDuo said...

bet that was really interesting...i love a simple centerpiece. let us know how things turned out!

Kirti said...

lovely...

BN said...

Nice blog to look.
The flower arrangement is cool..I love cute things too!

http://books-cutes-beauty.blogspot.com/

Kiro's said...

Beautiful colors!!! Congratulations! I would like to know how to make flowers arrangements for myself...

Liz said...

These pictures of flowers are very nice. I grew a few plants. Some died and some I still have. Liz