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 Form (Front View and Multi-Sided View) 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 Radial Form, Multi-Sided View
The Radial Form is a modern ikebana arrangement that shows the beauty of lines that stretch out to the left and right horizontally from a central point in the middle of the container. The Radial Form can be viewed from the front only, or with a few changes within the arrangement, can also be viewed from all around – the Radial Form, Multi-Sided View. These arrangements are perfect as a centerpiece on a table, buffet, coffee table, bar, etc.
With a Multi-Sided arrangement, a dinning room table is the perfect place — people sitting anywhere at the table can enjoy its beauty. But, it is also lovely placed on a table that is against the wall, where it will only be viewed from the front.
A few rules to keep in mind when arranging the Radial Form, Multi-Sided View:
*The Subject and the Secondary extend out to the left and right side creating a line that divides the container in half, while the Object is placed upright in the center on the axis of symmetry with Supporting Object stems stretching both forward and back.
*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 1/2 to the same length as the Subject.
*The length of the Object may be anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 the length of the Subject.
*The Subject can go on either the left side or the right side, depending on the shape and line of the material. The Secondary goes on the opposite side of the Subject.
*The same number of stems are used for both the Subject and the Secondary – 3:3, 5:5, 7:7 . . .
*When creating a Radial From that is multisided, different materials are used for both the Subject and the Secondary, with a different material used for the Object.
*The Object is arranged upright in the center on the axis of symmetry with Supporting Object stems extending straight out to both the front and the back.
*Supporting stems on the Subject and Secondary side are arranged within the 30° area on either side of the main Subject and Secondary stem.
*Supporting stems are placed both in front of and behind the main stems.
Freesia, sweet pea, Asparagus myriocladus or sword fern
Sword fern, anemone or carnation, baby’s breath
Eucalyptus, snapdragon, spray carnation
Kookaburra, sunflower or carnation, misty blue
Allium sphaerocephalum, prairie gentian, sword fern
Iris ochroleuca, rose or spray rose, baby’s breath
Pussy willow, rose or chrysanthemum, Solidago or baby’s breath
Toad lily, small chrysanthemum or ping-pong chrysanthemum, burnet
Bittersweet, cockscomb, Asparagus myriocladus
Fasciated willow, chrysanthemum or rose, hypericum
Japanese rosehip, spider chrysanthemum or carnation, golden rod
Pine or cedar, poinsettia, baby’s breath
Anthurium, Rose or carnation, sword fern
Calla lily, carnation or gerbera daisy, asparagus myriocladus
Dracaena godseffiana, gerbera daisy, Million star
Palm fern, Oriental lily, Solidago