With Tết approaching, I've been working on the Sogetsu Saigon website for the past few days. It seems ideal to begin the Year of the Rooster with a new website for a new business, in a setting that is evolving and changing itself overnight.
Here in Saigon, there is a limited ability of flowers available; most are considered rather ordinary, but that makes the challenge more exciting. What is tricky, however, is finding greenery and branches that are long enough to use for ikebana. Many pieces of leaves are rather short for flower arrangement displays on foam oasis. It requires being a bit creative with what we have here.
For this work, I used a fixture of branches (that I wired years ago back in the States) and one yellow gladiolus stem. To get some ideas of how to start, I laid the branches in the container first - then the ideas started to form. The gladiolus flower here comes in long stems with the bulb attached (how funny, yet I can't get branches like this), so I disassembled it to add interwoven and natural lines in the arrangement.
I'd like to see this experiment as a success. There are newer flower shops popping up with the long stems I desire, along with imported flowers, but they run at around 50-120,000 VND a stem which is too much. For now, I'll challenge myself with what is from this land.