Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine, wire, nails, screws or any other man made materials are used.
Cut three sections of fresh bamboo.
I wanted the bamboo stems to be the same in length. Cut the side branches to fall at different heights, for visual interest.
Carefully split the bamboo lengthwise. It is easier to split the bamboo in the inter-node rather than on the node.
Slip the bamboo over the edge of the container
Gently push the bamboo down to split more. Be careful so that the entire stem doesn't split in two.
Place the containers on a display tray
Tilt the bamboo stems to the side to create a gap for the flower stem
Fill the containers with water
Slip in the stem to catch between the bamboo and the container. It should fit in snugly enough to stay in place but not pinched so that it forms a tourniquet and the flowering stem will not be able to take up water
Set each stem in place so that it is covered in water
Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
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Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
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Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds
Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.
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