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  • Writer's pictureLouise Worner

Mazezashi with Weeds

A day prior to commencing Easter vacation, my youngest daughter’s class was put in Covid confinement. For 10 days she wasn’t permitted to leave the house. The day after her confinement ended, our suburb was then placed in lockdown. For the unforeseeable future we cannot leave our suburb, and no one can enter. Just when I thought a trip to the flower market was possible, all hope was dashed.

Giant weeds, such an abundance of ikebana material.

Once confinement was over, we were eager to reconnect with nature. We took a walk along the bike path close to our house, and were amazed at the abundance of flowers, grasses and leaves. We eagerly collected lots of material for ikebana.

Collecting weeds for ikebana.

Initially, I had an idea that my daughters could make an arrangement using leaves with a single type of flower. However, the diversity of material and the variety in textures and colours gave me another idea.

Required materials.

In Sogetsu ikebana, one of the styles of arrangements we learn as part of the curriculum is Mazezashi. It is an arrangement comprising of 5 or more materials. Although fullness is important in Mazezashi, so too is lightness and the use of a variety of colours.

Tall flowers and grass are added first.

To help support thin stems in the kenzan, place them inside a thicker stem.

To create a feeling of lightness, my youngest daughter used tall weeds to create height and combined them with different coloured grasses to create fullness.

Adding 5 or more kinds of material to the arrangement.

She was excited to be able to use lots of different kinds of flowers. While she remembered to use some flowers to cover the kenzan she needed a little reminder that ikebana is three dimensional and that she should also add some material towards the back of the arrangement for depth.

Covering the kenzan

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09 avr. 2021

Wonderful idea, I too love using wild flowers such as Queen Ann’s Lace, grasses and teasel. When teasel is fresh it is such a lovely green color with pale lavender tiny flowers circling the middle of its head. And dried it looks nice in a rustic Fall arrangement, but you have to wear gloves to work with it.

Louise Worner
Louise Worner
10 avr. 2021
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Thank you. There is so much beauty in nature, it's wonderful not to restrict ourselves to only using cultivated flowers, but also wildflowers too.

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