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 Circular Form

Like the Radial and One-Row Form, the Circular Form is a modern ikebana form that creates a sense of circular movement. The three principal stems, the Subject, Secondary, and Object, are inserted to point outwards at optional points of insertion along the circumference of a circle to evoke a sense of circular movement. The circular motion may be clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on the materials being used for the principal stems.

The Circular Form is arranged only as a multisided ikebana form. It must appear to rotate from any angle. It should be arranged low to bring out the beauty of the principal stems extending out beyond the edge of the container. Because of this, it is ideal for a centerpiece on a table, coffee table, kitchen bar counter, etc. People sitting anywhere around the table can enjoy the beauty of the arrangement.

A few rules to keep in mind when arranging the Circular Form:

*The length of the Subject is free.
*The length of the Secondary is from 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the Subject.
*The length of the Object is from 1/3 to 1/2 the length of the Subject.
*The same material is used for all three principal stems – the Subject, Secondary, and Object.
*The three principal stems should be arranged low, extending out horizontally from the edge of the circumference of the circle.
*The Subject, Secondary, and Object can be placed anywhere along the circumference of the circle – just remember to think about the individual characteristics of the materials in order to place them in the container.
*The Circular Form can be arranged in a single shallow container or in several small containers.
*The Filler stems should also be placed in the same direction as the three principal stems to support the circular movement – they should not be placed in the opposite direction, because this would go against the circular movement.
*A Green Filler helps to connect the three principal stems creating a cohesive arrangement.












The following are a possible list of materials. The first material listed is to be used for the three principal stems (Subject, Secondary, and Object), with the second material listed as a Filler. Additional Fillers can be added to the arrangement, depending on the size of the container and the size/shape of the materials. The last material listed is the Green Filler. These can be interchanged, depending on the selection of the materials where you live. Additional small fillers are also listed after each list. These can be added to the arrangement to help with the connection of the groups and to enhance the feeling of the circular movement.


Spring
Tulip, carnation, Asparagus myriocladus
Larkspur, gerbera daisy, sword fern
Sweet pea, spray carnation, eucalyptus
Freesia, spray carnation, sword fern

Additional small fillers:
Misty blue, lace flower, baby’s breath (Gypsophila), statice (Limonim), seasonal materials, etc.

Summer
Allium sphaerocephalum, prairie gentian, sword fern
Sunflower, spray rose, Asparagus myriocladus
Gladiola, sunflower or dahlia, leather leaf fern
Pincushion, carnation, kookaburra

Additional small fillers:
Misty blue, lace flower, baby’s breath (Gypsophila), statice (Limonim), seasonal materials, etc.

Autumn
Scotch broom, cockscomb, leather leaf fern
Kangaroo paw, gerbera daisy, Dracaena godseffiana
Bittersweet, spray carnation, Asparagus myriocladus

Additional small fillers:
Misty blue, lace flower, baby’s breath (Gypsophila), statice (Limonim), seasonal materials, etc.

Winter
Fasciated willow, rose, Asparagus myriocladus
Pine, spider chrysanthemum, Amur Adonis
Siberian dogwood, stock, leather leaf fern
Pussy willow, rose, Asparagus myriocladus

Additional small fillers:
Misty blue, lace flower, baby’s breath (Gypsophila), statice (Limonim), seasonal materials, etc.

Year Round
Calla lily, carnation, Asparagus myriocladus
Anthurium, spray rose, bird’s nest fern “Emerald Wave”
Dendrobium, gerbera daisy, sword fern
Liatris, rose, leather leaf fern

Additional fillers:
Misty blue, lace flower, baby’s breath (Gypsophila), statice (Limonim), etc.






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