Monday, November 20, 2006

From Workshop Wedding Work - ワークショップからウェディングブーケのお届けです

The Workshop in Hampstead took the autum Wedding to its theme this time around. The frame is made of wheat to echo the the autumnal theme here. This is Yoshiko's work. YOu can see the elegant flow of the frame and gorgeous Cymbidium orchids. It would reflect the gentle autum light gloriously on wedding dresses.

Line Arrangements - ラインを強調して

ラインアレンジメントは、花材それぞれの持つラインの美しさを見せる事に重点を置いています。裕季子さんの作品は色合わせも美しい、躍動感のある作品です。金魚草、フリージア、カラー、オーニソガラムがそれぞれに絡み合いながら立ち上がっていく姿が美しいアレンジです。Line arrangement is all about to play with the beauty of flower material. Yukiko's arrangement has, with beautiful colour scheme, very organic feeling created by lines of Antirrhinum, Freesia, Zantedeschia and Ornithogalum.

早苗さんの作品では、花の視覚的重量が左右ではかなり違いながら、作品としてみると非常に安定感のある作品として仕上がっています。フリージアのラインが美しく、また花のない空間を非常に上手く作り出しラインの美しさを強調させていますね。Sanae's arrangement is so assymetrical in terms of flower distribution, however, as a piece, it has such a visual stability. With beautiful lines of Freesia, Sanae cleverly creates negative space, which enhances the beauty of this arrangement.

邦子さんは2種類の柳を使い、大きく大胆なラインを描き出しています。葉っぱをきれいに取り払ったバラの茎が、曲がりくねる柳と好対照をなし、作品にメリハリをつけていますね。大きなアレンジを作るのはそれほど簡単ではないのですが、邦子さんは軽やかにこなされていました。Kuniko used two different Salixes here, creating dramatic lines. The rose stems have been cleaned, which show great contrast with twisted Salix. It is notthat easy to make a large scale arrangement, but Kuniko made this arrangement so effortlessly.

イサーの作品は、静かな冬の色です。葉牡丹は低く使いがちですが、このように高い位置に使うと、まるで別の花のように見えますね。シスルのくすんだ青が効いています。Ethaar used quiet winter colour here. Brassica is normally arranged at the lower position, however, she left some of them tall in this arrangement. Now, as a result, you can see its another side of beauty. The grey blue of Eryngium works so well here.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Good News - 嬉しい便り







I used to be in a position to teach Flower Arrangement at one of the London colleges. In the class, T was always in the class with full of enthusiasm. But I also knew she had some up and down in her life. After a while, she started working as a part-time in a flower shop to find out whether it was for her or not. And I knew she was underestimated and was not valued properly there... The college decided to discontinue the class there, so I lost the contact with T, as well.

I saw a florist working with her yesterday at Flower Market, and she told me T was now becoming a full-time staff. According to her, T is enjoying the work and very good at it, too.

' sister is going to be a full time member in a flower design team...' Y told me
yesterday in the Evening Class. Y's sister was also in the same class in the college. She was always smiling and full of positive mentality, concealing all the anxiety she had for her future. Her smile was steming out from her strong WILL power. She came back to Japan, and keep her will, and got a job now.

I am sure everyone knows that working with flowers is not that glomorous nor easy.
But, they still chose to carry on working with flowers. You are not alone, you have many many colleagues here, who will share your joy and sorrow, and always happy support you. So, let's get going!

To be honest, my heart was slightly tired, but now, AGAIN, all my colleagues gave me the ray of light. And, now I can sretch my wings and face the day again. Words does not explain all, but still, THANK YOU.

Front Facing Arrangements - 伝統的なアレンジを作って

Front Facing Arrangement is one of the styles we take on our classes. Yes, in both morning and evening classes. The top one is from Rika, from Hampstead Morning class. You can see the elegant lines of Cream Euphorbia fulgens enhancing the beauty of this substantial arrangement. The chosen colour scheme also looks so good in the room, doesn't it? The middle photo is Tomokos' work, from Bloomsbury Evening class. Orange Leucosperumums with wild bush such as Berzelia and Brunia albiflora are cleverly used in this arrangement. This combination of the material is so her! Tomoko also picked some dry materials from parks and gardens, and they bring more visual interest into this beautiful Autumnal arrangement.The bottom picture is from Ethaar from Evening class. The style is Front Facing, but this is in a vase, without any use of mechanic such as water retaining foam here. Generous use of foliage in this arrangement really creates visual depth to it, as well as its distinctive shape. A touch of blue in colour, a touch of class in this arrangement.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Christmas Trial Classes - クリスマス体験クラス


11月24日及び12月1日 両日とも10時から ハムステッド・クライストチャーチ教会にて

12月14日 10時から ハムステッド・クライストチャーチ教会にて
     18時から ブルームスブリー セント・ジョージ教会にて


Christmas is just around the corner now. I know some people who have already started counting the week! Well, in fact, she starts counting the week right after Christmas Day every year! Anyway, we are having some trial classes for Christmas. Why don't you give a try making your own Christmas decoration this year? A Christmas door wreath and a candle arrangement are on the list this year. And all the material we are going to use are provided. So, this is THE opportunity to put your design skill into your Christmas 2006.

Christmas Wreath - Yes, actually MAKING it!
11th November and 1st December from 10:00a.m. at Christchurch Hampstead

Candle Arrangement - with MODERN twist
12th December from 10:00 a.m. at Christchurch Hampstead
from 18:00 p.m. at St. George's Bloomsbury

Class fee: £45.00 per person per item(includes all the material)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Friday Workshop - 金曜日のワークショップ

日程:11月3日 金曜日 10時より
場所:ハムステッド クライストチャーチ
Hampstead Workshops finally resume from this week! The theme for this week is Autumnal Wedding Bouquet. Most ofthe wedding bouquets seen in London are still in posy style with natural stems. And, itis getting to the point we want something different! So, we are making a airy and elegant 'wheat' bouquet. Are you interested? Why don't you come along to see what is going on here?
Time: 3rd November from 10:00am
Location: Hampstead Christchurch
Class fee: £50.00 (includes all the material)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Trial Class - 体験クラスより

Shinobu from Japan had a three-day course here in London the other day. Vase arrangement, corsages and wedding bouquet were the topics on this special classes. The front facing vase arrangement had some majestic line and visual movement; sharp and sophisticated. The corsage with Mimosa and Carnation was a happy one. Her wedding bouquet was a super sweet, romantic style. Just the right size, too! She is stepping forward everyday to achieve her dream, and learning as much as she can now. All the best wishes for her dream. Good luck from here in London!

Front Facing Arrangements - 伝統的なアレンジを作って

Front facing arrangements is one of the traditional English styles in flower arranging. Therefore, naturally, we make it during our classes. The top right picture is from Etheer who used white and blue in her work, with elegant Hosta leaves, which has added extra visual interests and weight to the arrangement. The bottom left picture is from Sanae; successfully defined the shape of the arrangement with beautiful Blue Cornflowers. Her colour combination is so HER! Kazuko, on the middle left, and Marie, on the middle right, who had joined recently, shared the same material of Spring Flowers; Tulipa, Iris, Stock. The contrast of Blue and Yellow brought vitality to the designs. The bottom left is from Mariko, who used several foliages in this design; Good shape with more visual interest in it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Our New Colleagues - 新しい仲間達

The Second Crew has started from September, and we welcomed our new colleagues here, Tomoko and Mariko. The top one is from Mariko. This beautifully combined colour scheme of cream and orange in this work shines in the clear autumnal light. Tomoko's work in the next one, with an exotic mixture including some Proteas. Its soft pink blooming among the gorgeous foliage, you get a different impression from the same 'can-be-so-in-you-face' Proteas.They have just joined in, and so good to see them showring their affection to flowers when they make their creations.

Bloomsbury Evening Class - ブルームスブリーの教室から

Ethaar is one of our colleagues who has been in the course from the very beginning. This is her round arrangement. She made this arrangement when she had very little experience, however, she made very summery and controlled arrangement. White Gypsophilia looks as if summer clouds floating above the field of Sunflowers and Cornflowers.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

White Breath - 朝は息が白く

Rushing to a bus stop, to catch a bus to Flower Market. My hands are still in my pockets; alone on the street in the sharp air. Suddenly realised my breath is frozen.
Trees on the street started changing the colour of their cloths, too.
Have you been here for long, Autum?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Hampstead Morning Class - ハムステッド朝のクラス


In this photo, Megumi made this bright, yet still soft arrangement with cream to brown colour theme. I hope the picture show its beautiful 3-dimentional effect clear enough. Alstroemerias around Roses show off the beauty of its shape here; shame some people are not keen on this flower.

Hampstead Morning Class - ハムステッド朝のクラスより

We had a second Round Arrangement class last week in Hampstead. It might look easy to make. It might be your first ever made arrangement when you enroll into a flower arrangement class. However, you need to pay attention to shape and balance literaly 'All-Round'; it is not as easy as it might look. This one is from Rika. Flower materials she chose here were quite bold and flat, however, the finished design looked so elegant. The key to this is the arching shape of Freesia and Solidago; Rika succeeded in using the line materials so beautifully in this arrangement. It looks so 'delicious', too!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Church Pedestal - 教会の花

The theme for Friday Workshop was Pedestal Arrangemens for a real church setting. It is quite rare to take such a traditional design on board in this Workshop, but it is good to make something really BIG, as you hardly have such opportunities, unless you are working in a flowershop. Yoshiko made a huge but very elegant pedestal here. Unfortunately, the ambience in the church was too dark for the photo... The bottom one is a middle size arrangement in the same shape (yet, it still is BIG). The beauty of English Tradition is shining through the arrangement in the church setting.

Trial class - 体験クラスより

We made Thank-You bouquets with yarn for the host families. The main material we used were 2 slightly different kinds of white roses and Zantedeschias. Even though the materials were the same, the finishing designs have their own characters. The top picture is from Ms.Zennyoji. Creating a herat shape frame, she designed her bouquet to be as if all the flowers were flowing out from her hands. A heart shape can be too girlish, but with its graceful line of Zantedeschia, it maintains its sophistication.
Mr. Furuuchi, the next photo, made a round frame bouquet. He assembled the flowers in a way that enhances the shape of those fat roses. Can you believe he had never done any flower arrangement before? I am so sure those bouquet did deliver their heartfelt thank-you to their host family.

Demonstration - デモンストレーション



I was asked to do a bit of flower demonstration the other day. This is a photo from it, and I was making a wedding bouquet (well, I know, it might not look like it... but it is a wedding bouquet). My explanation was not eloquent at all, so it must have been really difficult to keep listening トwhat I was saying... Thank you for being so patient! I made an arrangement and another wedding bouquet on this slot. Later, I received a comment from a gentleman saying 'I have very little idea of the floral world but you made it fun too.' For this emotion, just for this comment, I felt it was worthwhile making some work for.

Talking to someone I do not know with my poor English was tiring, but this comment really lifted me up. I was walking on the cloud on my way home.

Our new colleagues - 新しい仲間

Last week, we welcomed 2 new colleagues to our class in Bloomsbury. Kazuko has some Ikebana experience, and Marie who came along to one of our trial workshops before. They told us that they never had designed their own arrangements, starting from buying flowers. So, it was not a surprise they were a bit nervous. However, once the class kicked off, both of them made their own design individualy. They bought the material together, and shared in the class, so the materials in the arrangements are the same, but somehow they look individual. It is mystery of flowers. The top one is Kazuko's work, and the next one is Marie's.

Evening Class - ブルームスブリー夜のクラスより

夜のクラスのアドバンスの方々は、今回アシンメトリカルの仕上げを作製されました。右上の作品はくにこさんの作品です。透明感のあるクリームーオレンジを基調にまとめられています。葉ものやガーベラの花の向きを上手く調整する事で、アレンジの焦点をさりげなく作り出しているのが見ていただけるでしょうか? 真ん中の作品はキャロルによるもの。トロピカル・ジンジャーの花を大胆に使いながらも、彼女らしい深みのある色合わせを行なう事で他のトロピカルアレンジとは一線を画しています。右下の写真は前回も美しい作品を作ってくださった裕季子さんの作品。前回とは全く違った色合わせに少々驚きましたが、これがとっても大人っぽくまとまっています.ハラン(アスピディストラ)の使い方にも工夫が見られ、花の伸びゆく姿が美しく表現されている作品だと思います。
In the Advance Class in Evening course, we made Asymmetrical Arrabgements. The top right one is Kuniko's work. From Cream to Orange in clear tone, the design is coordinated well. You can see the distinctive focal area in her design, which is cleverly ceated with foliage and the direction of Gerberas. The middle photo is from Carol. With Tropical Ginger flowers, the design tends to be quite flat and loud. However, with her great eyes for colour, the design keeps its depth and quiet but strong attention in it. Carol's colour choice is so one of her strength! The bottom picture is from Yukiko, who previously made another beautiful design in asymmetrical. Yukiko used completely different colour theme this time. Although it is slightly unusual colour, the finished work is so chic. 2 aspidistra leaves at the back of the design are cleverly placed so that each flower in the design has gained speed and movement.

Monday, October 02, 2006

See you later - また会おうね

いろんな想いはあるけれど、それぞれの季節をしっかり生き抜いていく。それがリビング・シーズンズ。だから、さよならではなく、心からの応援を込めてSee you later.

Born in a small town in japan, and raised up in the same town. Rarely met anyone from outside. Even now, I do not have much opportunity to mix with a lot of people here, but I know I have to say 'Good-by' someday to those people whom I met.
She is openng her own flower shop in Japan. He is back in photography, and she is supporting him as his rock with smile. She does floristry work even she is on holiday travelling to the Uk. She is flying out to the country where is full of conflicts and risk, as she has something she can do. She is exploring her dream through flowers, as if she did not have a family to support, although she has millions things to do at home. She comes to make her own flower design, but that is after her killingly long day of work at office. He is looking after his friends here, while his parents are waiting for him in his home town to where you need 24 hours to get by air. They are pondering moving to Canada. Anyone who are dreaming of coming back to one's home sweet home town oneday.
Withe one's own dream, people are pass through this town. Because everyone has one's own dream, the time when I have to say Good-by might have to come.
This is LIVINGSEASONS: live up each season of life, bearing thousands of thoughts. So, let's not say Good-by. With my wholeherated cheers, See you later!

Leonotis leonurus - レオノティス

Now, I can blame my age if I forget something. In fact, it is not the matter of IF, but WHEN these days. It is sad, but, I have to admit, it is slightly liberating. Anyway, I completely forgot the name of this orange flower during the class, again... Leonotis leonurus, it is called. Clear orange, with creature-like shape. I love them.
I did a bit of reserach on this flowers, and I found out that this flower had some kind of medicinal use... Well, is it OK to sell them in an ordinary flower shop??

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Happy Wedding! - ご結婚おめでとうございました!

White and natural-looking was Natarsha's idea for her weding bouquet. White roses were supported by Ornithogalum and Viburnum berries in this wedding bouquet. Although the weather was a typical English summer weather on the day, their smile was shining like the summer sun!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hampstead Morning Class - ハムステッド朝のクラスより

As I mentioned yesterday, the Morning Class has started in Hampstead. The course structure is exactly the same as the evening one in Bloomsbury. However, there is a noticeable difference; it was a SUPER small class with only 3 of us in the room! Good thing was that everyone used a big worktable all for oneself.
The theme was Round Arrangements. It is a suitable design for dinner tables and low coffee tables. Of course, it can be a gift, especially when it is made in a basket or something. I cannot remember how many round arrangements we made in flower shops...
The picture above is from Megumi. With Sedum and unusual Carnations, Megumi creatd sweet but not-too-feminine design. It had very interesting texture, visual depth and its CHARACTER.
The next design is from Rika. According to Rika, it was not her first choice to use white and red together. Although I myself is not a big fan of this combination, it did look stunning. I wish you could see the elegant movement of white Eustoma!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Yukiko's flowers - 裕季子さんの作品

春から始まったイブニング・クラス。この9月から、おかげさまで二期目を迎える事ができました。コース当初から続けて来た基礎コースを終えた方は、アドバンス・コースへと移行です.(といっても、同じ教室内での制作です)フレーム・ワークやワイヤーを積極的に取り入れた作品等、これからはよりヨーロッパ・デザインを取り入れたものへと移っていく予定です。また、あらたに始められた方々には、デザインの基礎を重点的に練習する基礎コースから。ラウンドのアレンジや花束の作り方等、基礎ながらとても大切なデザインを身につけていきます。 裕季子さんは、コース開始時から参加頂いている方の一人。9月からはアドバンスコースです。きょうは、そんな由季子さんのアシンメトリカル・デザインをご紹介します。いまにも咲かんとしている芍薬の花を囲むように添えられた花の数々。華やかさの中にも、形をしっかりまとめあげた事で、凛とした花の姿が見えてきていますね。
Evening class in Bloomsbury began in Spring. Now, from this September, we are in the second term with 2 different contents. One is the Start-up Course for anyone who blushes up the basic skill; making round arrangements, Hand-Tied bouquet...etc. The other one is the Advanced Course for anyone who would like to exlore one's creativity; wire work, frame work...etc. More contemporary and European style will be involved later.
Yukiko has been in the class from the Spring, and now in the Advanced Course. Asymmetrical design was the last week subject, and here you are. This is Yukiko's work. Nearly-bursting-out Peonies are surrounded by other coordinated flowers in this design. It has not only beautifully sweet colour, but also quite sharp style brought by its clean-cut shape.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Flowers from Aimi - 愛美さんの作品

We had a class for Hand-Tied arrangement the other day. As you can see, we used sisal as a component of the design. Aimi came to the class, and had never made a Hand-tied before. But, look what Aimi did during the class! Lovely roses sitting in the middle ofthe design, as if they are talking to you.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Little First Step - はじめの一歩

How do you do? This is my blg page from Living Seasons. I am going to post from some latest news on my classes to some small thoughts through days.
PS- This page would not have been here without a huge help from my god friend, J.
Thank you, J!