Advanced Hana-isho

The next step in your ikebana journey begins with Advanced Hana-isho. As in Basic Hana-isho (the Rising Form and the Inclining Form), Advanced Hana-isho brings out the unique characteristics of each of the materials in your arrangement. The ikebana arrangements are used to decorate the spaces where people live, work, and play. Some of the advanced forms can be viewed from only one side, and other forms can be viewed from all around.

Here are some special features of Advanced Hana-isho:
1. Arrangements can be created for any kind of space — work, home, office, church, entryway etc. Containers used in daily life, like cups and bowls, can be used for the arrangement.
2. Some arrangements are made to be viewed from the front only, but multisided arrangements that can be viewed from all angles can also be created.
3. Expressing the beauty of color combinations is central to both Basic and Advanced Hana-isho. However, arrangements expressing the beauty of the seasons or the beauty of sculptural lines can also be created.
4. The length of both the main and auxiliary stems are free. The angle and the position in which they are inserted into the arrangement are also free.
5. All of the advanced Hana-isho forms, with the exception of the Combined Form, have three main stems — the Subject, the Secondary, and the Object.
6. The Radial from can be arranged in a shallow container or in a tall vase.
7. The Circular Form can be arranged in a single shallow container or in several small containers.
8. The One-Row Form can be arranged in a single shallow, long, narrow container or in several small containers.




The One-Row Form

The One-Row Form is another modern ikebana form that shows the beauty of the materials lined up and standing in a row horizontally. The three principal stems are arrayed in a row with an interesting sense of rhythmic variations in both the height and spacing of the different elements. The One-Row Form may be viewed from the front only, or with a few changes within the arrangement, can also be viewed from all sides. These arrangements are perfect for a long table, buffet, cabinet, bar, etc.

When an arrangement to be viewed from the front is created, it needs to be placed on a surface that has a wall behind it so the viewer cannot see the back. If the arrangement is to be viewed from all sides, a coffee table is the perfect place — people sitting anywhere in the living room can enjoy its beauty.

A few rules to keep in mind when arranging the One-Row Form:

*In an arrangement to be viewed from the front only, the length of the Subject is free – in order to determine the length, look at the material carefully, think about where you will display the arrangement, and think about the balance of the materials in relation to the container.
*The Secondary can be anywhere from 2/3 to the same length as the Subject.
*The Object can be anywhere from 1/2 to the same length as the Subject.
*In a multisided version, the length of the Subject, Secondary and Object are all free.

*The Subject is always placed in the middle of the container, slightly to the left or right of center.
*The Secondary can be on the left or right side of the container.
*The Object can be on the left or right side of the container.
*When viewed from above, the three insertion points should make a scalene triangle.
*The Secondary and Object should tilt slightly forward so you can see all three principal stems when viewed from the side.




Possible combination of materials:
*The Subject, Secondary, and Object can all use the same material.
*The Subject, Secondary, and Object call all use different materials.
*The Subject and Secondary use the same material with the Object using a different material.
*The Subject and Object use the same material with the Secondary using a different material
*However, having the Secondary and Object use the same material with the Subject using a different material is not allowed.






One-Row Form Floral List

The following are a list of possible combinations you can use to make an ikebana arrangement. There are ideas for each season, and there are some materials that can be used year round, meaning these materials can be found in your flower shop all year round. If they don’t have the materials you would like to use, don’t be afraid to ask your florist if they can order it for you. Many times, they will be more than happy to help you out. You can also buy potted plants and houseplants, cutting off the materials you need for your arrangement. If you are lucky enough to have a yard with flowers and bushes, you can also use those materials, too.

For a simple arrangement, choose one material from each of the groups – Subject, Secondary, Object materials;Filler materials; and Green filler materials. Hold the materials in your hand and see if they look well together. Use the Subject, Secondary, Object materials as the three principal stems, and the other two materials as the focal points and filler for each group.

For a more dynamic arrangement, choose a couple of different materials from the Subject, Secondary, Object materials group, and one each from the Filler materials, and Green filler materials. Hold the materials in your hand and see if they look well together. Use the two materials from the Subject, Secondary, Object materials group for the three principal stems (one for the Subject and Secondary, one for the Object OR one for the Subject and Object, one for the Secondary). The Filler material should be used as the focal points for the three principal stems with the Green filler material used throughout the arrangement.

With each of the above, you could choose two different Filler Materials and use both of them in your arrangement, too.

Looking at the list of materials for the Rising Form can also be helpful.


Spring
Subject, Secondary, Object materials:
Flowering plum, flowering dogwood, flowering cherry tree, flowering redbud tree, tulip, larkspur, fennel, gerbera daisy, daffodil, prairie gentian, mustard flower, stock, etc.

Filler materials:
Tulip, gerbera daisy, daffodil, prairie gentian, mustard flower, stock, carnation, spray carnation, spray rose, sweet pea, etc.

Green filler materials:
Sword fern, leather leaf, foxtail fern, lemon leaf, Italian ruscus, ivy, Dracaena godseffiana, baby’s breath, blue fantasy, etc.

Summer
Subject, Secondary, Object materials:
Allium sphaerocephalum, cattail, Iris ochroleuca, Allium gigantium, agapanthus, liatris, Japanese iris, sunflower, prairie gentian, dahlia, thistle, gladiolus, etc.

Filler materials:
Prairie gentian, dahlia, sunflower, rose, carnation, thistle, gerbera daisy, spray carnation, spray rose, sweet pea, pincushion, etc.

Green filler materials:
Sword fern, leather leaf, foxtail fern, lemon leaf, Italian ruscus, ivy, Dracaeana godseffiana, lace flower, baby’s breath, blue fantasy, Solidago, etc.

Autumn
Subject, Secondary, Object materials:
Curcuma, cockscomb, pampas grass, cosmos, toad lily, dahlia, kangaroo paw, fascinated willow, gladiolus, Scotch broom, etc.

Filler materials:
Dendrobium phalaenopsis, cockscomb, cosmos, toad lily, dahlia, gerbera daisy, carnation, spray carnation, spray rose, spray chrysanthemum, ping-pong chrysanthemum, etc.

Green filler materials:
Sword fern, leather leaf, foxtail fern, lemon leaf, Italian ruscus, ivy, Dracaeana godseffiana, great burnett, baby’s breath, blue fantasy, Solidago, etc.

Winter
Subject, Secondary, Object materials:
Iris, sword fern, young pine, Siberian dogwood, Pussy willow, Mitsumata, fascinated willow, kangaroo paw, bare branches, small goldcrest tree, amaryllis, etc.

Filler materials:
Rose, Asiatic or Oriental lily, chrysanthemum, ping-pong chrysanthemum, spider chrysanthemum, gerbera daisy, amaryllis, kangaroo paw, stock, spray carnation, spray rose, etc.

Green filler materials:
Sword fern, leather lear, foxtail fern, lemon leaf, Italian ruscus, ivy, Dracaeana godseffiana, pine, Asparagus myriocladus, baby’s breath, blue fantasy, etc.

Year Round
Subject, Secondary, Object materials:
Calla lily, bird of paradise, New Zealand flax, Snake plant (Sansevieria), Gladiola, trumpet lily, Dendrobium phalaenopsis, bird’s nest fern “Emerald Wave”, liatris, etc.

Filler materials:
Rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, stock, gerbera daisy, dracaena “Song of India”, snapdragon, daisy, pincushion, etc.

Green filler materials:
Sword fern, leather lear, foxtail fern, lemon leaf, Italian ruscus, ivy, Dracaeana godseffiana, pine, Asparagus myriocladus, baby’s breath, blue fantasy, croton, bird’s nest fern “Emerald wave”, hypericum, etc.






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