Currently I am out of town, seeing family and sourcing ikebana materials I can't normally find in Vietnam. It's hard to believe that it was two weeks ago that I had the "Recycled Ikebana Workshop" with a new, environmentally-conscious store, Green Around the Corner. The owner, Su, aims at eliminating her waste output, promoting (and creating) goods that are designed with nature in mind, and nurturing a space for creative activity that often includes plant material. It was easy to come to agreement to hold a small freestyle workshop at her store. (Thank you Cassandra!)
It was easy for Su and I to source plastic, paper and glass household supplies that are frequently given out as single-use on the streets of Vietnam. All of the participants were able to choose what kind of container they could use to hold the flowers and water (some glass, some plastic), then how they can "disguise" or transform the jar into a new vase using paper and plastic bags. The results are endless; I believe it showed all of us that with a little bit of inspiration, we can reuse almost any common object and turn it into something special.
All of the participants were new to ikebana, but they did well in choosing material and making a freestyle composition. All of the arrangements still show each arranger's personality. Thank you for joining and hope to see you soon!
Green Around the Corner: 23 Duong So 21, Thao Dien, tp HCM