Relief Work - Book 5 Lesson 19
Written by Sandy Marker
Relief as an art discipline is a sculptural technique where the sculpted elements project out from the background. Relief can be reversed to form ‘sunken’ relief where the sculptured work goes back beyond the background.
Relief techniques have been recorded through out history and we are now taking it into the realms of Sogetsu Ikebana.
Relief work in ikebana is very different to the ‘usual’ method of working but in the same breath it is very similar because we mustn’t forget to incorporate the elements and properties of Sogetsu. One aspect of this theme is you can not use fresh material so challenges arise as how to create such things as focal points, movement, texture, colour, etc. We have to be more creative with our imagination and skills rather than relying on the beauty of fresh material. Your technical skills for fixing come to the fore in this lesson and you may even resort to using a glue-gun, staples etc but don’t forget none of this should be seen – you are creating ‘magic’ with the material.