Members were asked to bring one container and material wrapped separately in newspaper. These were then marked with letters for containers, and numbers for material.
Each member then drew from a box a number and letter, which we then had to use together.
There was a lot of excitement then quiet concentration, how to make an arrangement with this challenge. Containers varied in size and shape, as well as material – mostly from our gardens, some purchased, in varying degrees of quality – from perfect natives to full blown roses, we had to work with what we got, but after pooling unused material we could have a little extra if needed.
The results were fantastic, everyone was happy to be spontaneous and the critique from Masae Ako was much appreciated.
It was agreed that this is a great theme for one of the workshops at our 60th celebration with Akane Teshigahara next year.