Ichiyo Ikebana Demonstration by Elaine Jo
Location: Elm Bank, Hunnewell Carriage House, 900 Washington St. (Rt. 16), Wellesley, MA 02482
Date: October 18, 2016
Ichiyo school’s Executive Master, Elaine Jo, from Atlanta, Georgia, demonstrated 8 arrangements in front of an appreciative audience including the newly assigned Japanese Consul General’s wife, Ikuko Michii, and the Cultural Consul Mr. Yamauchi. Mrs. Jo’s arrangements featured the breath-taking fall colors of New England with a Japanese touch. Her arrangements were very delicately balanced yet strong, some dramatic, and some simple. Besides her skill and deep knowledge and understanding, Mrs. Jo presented her thoughts on color combination – similar and opposite colors, colors of vases and materials, and the ordering of arrangements according to their color. Our president, Kaye Vosburgh commented at the conclusion of the demonstration that Mrs. Jo’s arrangements made her feel as if she were in Japan. Though Boston Chapter has only one Ichiyo member, we all enjoyed and learned something new from this demonstration.

Sibylle Turnow was our featured potter vendor for the event. The following day, workshop attendees learned how to make an arrangement using big variegated pandanus leaves. Mrs. Elaine Jo focused on rolling and twisting techniques, explaining how to prepare pandanus so that we can secure the twists and keep the rolls.