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If. We actually have. The Home Guard has made possible in our area. Hi I'm Nancy McRae. Welcome to Alaska home and garden. Do we ever have a treat for you today and it has to do with this sign that I'm holding in my hand this sign is called a convent and it hangs outside the door of a certified teacher. This one says that this
teacher learned Miyuki do bicker Bonna and her name her. This is her family name. Somewhere down in here since I don't read Japanese I'm not exactly sure. The bottom part is her flower name which is due to a annex given to her by the master at her school when she graduates. Now Ju Tay's real name is no because Humphreys and no because in our studio today to give us a lesson in in learning it to Bonn is that we can make our own flower arrangements. Now we don't expect to be certified teachers by the time we finish this. But we do think we'll be able to put together a similar arrangement something that will look like a bonnet anyway. No because why don't we start by explaining the philosophy of it a little bit. Tell us it because it's not like just having a flower arrangement and in the western world. Yes. Can you explain to me that he definitely needs to give up on how the city is since this is more SR wrong. The minute long caution. Oh OK and where next left it on a
live range but here we go the tall one is called the shin and next to Uncle saw that and said Call me this and it's heaven on earth I did man. And so it it's a man that I did. It is Earth so that the that city uniting as in basic symbolism behind the cabana and you also have arrangements for every season that correct. Let's show them the seasons first since we have some pictures here of the different seasons and if you can explain a little bit about them. This one this one is spring is that bring in. Does this tell us anything in particular spinning that that is just the natural views uncreate did. I don't do that very creative rather than less fickle right. OK so so there's leeway to to just sort of use flowers that you like.
Creativity and human to the next one this is an arrangement that he picks summer southern Iraq. Now what can you tell me about this arrangement looks a little more the city is since Maine. Nick's drug I don't know what the name of that front. Oh well you know that doesn't matter but the thing is this isn't all going to do what you want in their new director the next day Brun to his colon. So I saw a show like this do on call right down he doesn't try so that there are always three different links. The shin is always a little rust on and the soy is the next tallest design and then the high the shortest was just this and this is kind of a trying to ride around on it yet and that's what you're always trying to achieve is that correct. That's right spacing Madiba not going to run more to be from. It's not a dude. It's all AIDS I want to take the run did not necessarily the hog
city main essence. But but more by and you only have three essences OK. Now this next one this is fall fall. And you can see by the flowers in the the materials used those. That's important to depicting fall as well is that right. Yes. What do we have here these are the foods dry Are they kind of dried fruit survive the end of the season and know that you can write a nuke strike. Can you tell me is this the more a Bonna do you not a day not a day. It's not you know I did not know this one doesn't have the three main essences depicted in it and the hugs I can get at it. OK. They're just so hard and you know I'm not. OK Lynn I don't know. Let's go back to our our winter arrangement that we have here in the studio today. And this one how did you decide which flowers you were going to
use in this one. How do I decide this is out usko Brontes and Dumont then they fall and cut this rant is. And it looks like it's already Dollmann did the Deaves just die. And that's Horton in this phone that he got on to this winter arrangement. OK what about now. What I read about the cube on a said that winter arrangements tended to be a little bit dreary. This one is not dreary. This one has quite a bit of color and life to it. So does that mean that this is not a classical arrangement is this one more creative Yes because this is a Madiba run it's a mall done by modern you can cut ons. But it's also see the natural beauty the natural beauty I knew at that time. You see you know especially at us God
just why the hen getting spruced me and divide the Brontes. OK so you and you did have a particular reason for the materials that you chose. It's like the Narcissus I think they'd only wind up for the winter flower. Yes and what about this one. This is you see. Sometimes in the US it's ice for us right. Maybe Iraq's ties are that what that's what the Duke said I to you guys. OK so we can't just go out and if we want to have a really good week about an arrangement we don't just close our eyes and pick some different flours we have a reason behind it. Right. I do. Me is that it's too deuced you do there and everybody defend and defend Philip defended. Yes yes this is a little bit off the subject right here but this is your your name is that correct. That's right the my name and you use this when when you when you go to flower exhibition
Yes you always put your name out there by a plant and I know OK we're probably not going to be doing that but I just thought you'd be interested in knowing that. Before we start making arrangement by the way no because going to try to teach me I'm going to be her student. So this could be a little rough. We'll see how it goes before we actually get into that I want to show you she brought a chart. So if you just go back here with me to show you this chart that explains the how you create your arrangement. Now can you. Can you explain this to us. Like the start with the car was it the three triangles over here the three sided triangle. Now heah city girl she is at the lowest among them and I want to saw an orange got on untied to boot. Gonna die here and she die. Triangle.
So this is the shape of it yet is the shape that we're trying to you know as we ate right and that's what we always in this particular style the more of Bahna money run up more you buy out of this is this the shape that we always want to create. We can I'm sure that it's going to be modified a little bit but down here. Right down here it tells you how you determine the length of the pieces of material that you use and the shin changes. The tall one equals what the length and depth and save lives. Yes right. The link plus the depth of your vase times two times two that's how you decide how tall to open it and you decide how tall that your tallest peak going to be so that you don't just have to guess at it that make really that makes it a lot easier too to make your arrangement when you know what you're trying to achieve.
Now the next one this so thought it fell away is how long is that machine. Two thirds of the loses are notorious. And the shortest piece to tie the sides think sheen of the shin. Yes so if you know if you have that information then you've built the skeleton of your arrangement and it's going to be a lot easier for it to for you to make it look like true a cabana. OK this is a little off words I'm going to put this away now and when I get on with making our arrangements. OK you know look why don't you tell us what we're going to do next time k gets us none see. Yeah these are we need this you need a bowl of water for cutting your materials in. And why do you want to do that why do you want to cut them in the water. Because the pro was different age and keep you don't go if you cut them in the
water you know what they're all cut from a do go in the stem. OK so these are my materials and some of this we've already started a little bit ahead of time we put chose our vase How do you choose your vase when you're when you're for it Bahna. Are there some things that you don't you say is going to do more but not today. I would fret. Droppings OK flat wide bases wide basis and you always have to have the civil and sun. Can we call him frogs in America but it's a can done and it has the little tykes on it as you stick your flowers right in there because there's no no tight Nick for you know this is not a Western arrangement I'm sure a lot of you've already seen these so we already have that in our bowl and we put some little white rocks around it. These are for decoration do they mean anything in particular or are they just for decoration. Nicknames you know you can on a loop and also OK for the natural odds and
days Kenda ski covers up around the edges so that's why you want to do that and I suppose they don't have to be white rocks any kind of little pebbles that utilize us. OK you can pick small pebble us when you go fishing. You know do you then did the tiny pebble because when you know how the rocks look so pretty on the the river side because they're wet and you bring them home and they dry out they're not as pretty but when you put them in here they get wet again and they're pretty and it is a dog arrives. OK does that then the vase that I'm using have a front. Do I want to use this new nest and it will keep going keep going. Where's the front of this one on the right here. No. Yeah. Oh this is the brunt of it so you want me to turn it around. OK so I have to turn this around so I can see what I'm doing. That should be interesting for you. But actually I may have to turn this back around so the viewers can see the front of this arrangement because these arrangements
definitely have a front and a back to them. OK. OK we put the water in to cover the cannons on and now I think we just are Sharlee stuff. Ok on to this and what kind of branches are these crime going to run to is just local materials always during important in the Japanese arrangement is that correct. I don't I guess the nicest if you and I not to move yesterday but I don't I don't go comedy any idea what I'm supposed to do here since I don't have a tape measure I don't I didn't measure the length and the depth of my life. Let's see what would it be that about eight 10 Nazi defected. Oh just yeah. Oh OK good. So be like that. Matt. But my lad it's almost tall enough. The right way it is doesn't it. Just
cut right on the edge of stem. Cut it out. Who's going to see this. But an inverted like a triangle to the inside right. Yes triangle. Say OK say it seemed both and you want to mean run to Home. How do I determine which ones I want to prune. I just I just have to learn that from you I don't I didn't. So did I come to the end of that one OK. That I know I'm right. See now I just want to go OK OK now we're doing that cause that makes it easier for it to stick on the cans. Does this look OK the way it is. Yes. OK not much of an angle is it not my tango OK I did this wrong. More angle. Yeah they're better. Angle is very important so it's easy to
fussing and discounted them. See that's the front and the the shin goes at the back. Back at the back. Yes and as it is it up to the artist whether they want it straight up or at an angle but it's about 10 divinity angle. OK. And dignity is on. It. Never very good in geometry. That might be great if not to be careful with your finger but it's this kind. Ok ok so I'm going to try that. Too much angle. But then dignity it then dignity may be. Good to me anyway I like it. Again next is and Nancy Dawn put they had to go to Canada and why not. So you maybe you need to
settle down do so. OK OK so that's important you don't put it too close to doing it out of your candidate right. Unfortunately you don't have to press down too hard on these guys are sharp. I think that's right now in his heart of man there. Next they've had another one and an angle by this is that no no this is the soy So this is the one that's supposed to be two thirds the lady used to love going to him and I need to trim off some of these bottom. The idea in a cabana is that you don't have a lot of mass. So that's why you're you're trimming off a lot of your little branches. Yes you know I need some more off of this don't I. Yeah. Oh OK. I need a lot more off here.
And how does this one go does that matter how far away it is from the shin. And does it matter about the right or the left you know. OK. And they have to know it has to be on the left there. OK so you're from your soil which is a second one. Yeah. Go to on the left when you're facing your arrangement. You getting all this now. And what's the angle on this one. But what they did to me that looks pretty good is probably not going to look just like yours as my first lesson. Their foot did dignity. OK. Again next time it's time. And this is the shortest one still at this point. I can't get in here to have this one off. I think I didn't put enough water in here. Be sure to trim off those extra branches 0 2. Or do I just want one
on that. So I cut it off or not. And we have to study they still have to cut that one off. Doesn't work. And it's also way too long I think there. So now I just have this little 20 outside night and towards the front a little too odd from times not looking anything like yours you know what I thought it. Was a lot harder than you thought you were just going to stick these little branches in here and be. Not you mad as things fall to right angle and. Can't see you. Turn that around I don't know if I really have them but in theory this is the front of my arrangement and I have my my three sided triangle right. Not sure that I get an A in my first class.
This is what I'm planning to do. OK now next thing. This is a goal i should I. But it's a fetus. Feelers. OK so when I go home and I get good. So you mean this was really the important point of our range then. OK but the important part of the arrangement. Now we're putting in the fillers which are obviously what you and I would think of as the pretty soon this is a frame lock you know next to us you know I was the flower he was in law kata and how do we decide how tall these are going to be OK. Seeing us you died to see with guns on the scene. OK I can. So we're putting in a flower to go with the going rates. Yes and it's all we know is it shorter in the show within us. So you have to put these in the water and you will start cutting them and since you want to keep it in the water yes because check out they are going to stand so you cut it off several times. Then of course he cut it too short. Too
bad. And pull off all these lower leaves that Koenig's. Yes. Yes and also plume kind of an opera on this one since I broke it. Yes this was the hard part for me getting used to cutting away a lot of the flowers that you would normally put in there. As I watched you know Bickel make this one arrangement earlier and she kept cutting off the parts I wanted to keep. Is this one too tall. Next track you know but too tall. OK this is going to take a lot of practice getting these the right height because I guess if you don't have all your if you don't have your linear composition correct and you don't really have a Kabbalah you just have some flowers in a bowl and that and put this back with the to follow the line of your knee as you know and like that. Yes and again
he has the front of my range. OK. We're going to do two of these. Yes to the 80s. Getting the hang of this cutting underwater. OK before I go any farther How long is it supposed to make it so doesn't it thing away. Oh this one goes yes goes it goes with my second piece to kind of like that. An inch shorter than but we don't know how much shorter then. And it has to be pruned when you cut off all the parts that you really want to keep. I want to cut off most of these don't I. Scott get this one you don't want to hear they go right ahead but leave the leaves on or not cut them off.
I think about all the rooms. Do you remove all my leaves. And I'm not sure but I think this one is still no way to toilet up the match to charge it's shorter than the stand I should i hope it has. This is you know Shane Asher right and the second one has to be Jordan in that event. So you know if you if you understand the rules it's not that difficult to get the right length. Might be tough still to get him to look right but. But at least the rules are OK. We've been used up a lot of time are we getting close to finished with this yet. Well good that's nice. You don't then you criticize little man and this is to go with the tie. Yeah and so you just start cutting at the bottom. So this one has to be shorter than the saw it saw it. So I see that called so
I sure I should I. Yeah it's show that I'm not so sure that it's bad. You used to but oh that's right we didn't even talk about that. These little buds depict the future and the full blossoms depict the past so we have the past and the future depicted right here that's one of the really interesting things about it Gabbana is that if you know what you're doing you're arrangement that so much of my arrangement is due to all I'm going to go way down to this one at that when it's all gone. You were in this one goes inside right ready to go. I don't decide well this year on the front. Yes because you know like that very much.
Then I just do I just want to use one of the other use this canning mean fern. Yeah and just to fill in. To the. Always remembering that you should be cutting on an angle if you can accomplish all that sort of cloth. Soon it was small a tiny stem don't have to be fungal about the tiny ones. Yeah it's as good am I just trying to put these little bitty ones on there is that what I want to get on the top. Oh I see it in the night here. OK it's easy to just stick again OK. And these are going around the front of my arrangement is that rat's funny. Can I just take this little one and put it in some way to. Get the little tiny ones don't want to stay of course. It's a hot the stick out again.
Tell you stuff for that look. I think you're going to be able to tell the difference between the teacher in the student when you were can you arrange that. And I see that's a processed path. Ok I must go read. Well you know just a wave. Did you ping that yourself. Yet I dead. And does it have a particular place where it should go. Just fill in the arranger you know than some trace. Oh I took my remark. I'm in trouble. This was wrapped at a little wire wrapping around it and I took mine off that was a mistake in the post that they did you had her in a bunch you know. Oh OK. So keep that little button. And just put it in there somewhere you know I want to show it's touch and fall. It's that oh
that shows ball OK. And I can keep putting more of this and I mean fern in here yet all around it by one covets them. But. You can get at this thing in there. When we get finished with these I want to put them side by side and see if people know which one is yours and which one of mine. We begin with you how are you doing now. Well I don't know. I got you moving right along. OK let's put these over here side by side. And see. If they can you know which you are and which one is mine. This has been really interesting. I want to thank you so much that you're helping me. I do have an idea. Yes. And your very good teacher. And you told me
that when you teach the class you have everybody take the part of the in the astronaut home and do it again. So that's what you can do if you make a mistake. It doesn't look the way you wanted it to or if you happen to knock it over. Just take it apart and put it together again and hope for the best. Good luck. To.
Take a bite out of the Japanese art of flower arranging is based upon certain principles of art practice. Round the world and its distinctive for its emphasis on line rather than form and color as practiced in the western world. Associates that's about it. Peter No because Humphrys gives that free lesson in the art of the cabana. Next time I left the home and garden the. Or go. Down to the Japanese art of flower arranging. It's based upon certain principles of art practiced throughout the world and its distinctive put an emphasis on mine rather than born in color as practiced in the
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This episode provides a basic grounding in ikebana.
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Director: Lafournaise, John
Guest: Humphreys, Nobako
Host: MacRAE, Nancy
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