Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique
Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.
Cut a hand full of grass flat at one side.
Wrap an elastic band around the grass to keep it together. As you cut the grass keep moving the elastic band down the length of the blades of grass.
Place the first hand full of short blades of grass in a small container. Tilt the container slightly to keep the blades from falling over diagonally
Add another hand full
Carefully pat the grass in place with your finger.
Start adding smaller clumps of grass to create a pleasing pattern
Trim away any stands of grass that sticks out
Pour in a little bit of water
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
Use the petals of your flower to cleverly keep all the other floral details of your design firmly in place.