April Workshop Notice
Ohara Ikebana School
Northern California Chapter
When: 10:00a.m. Saturday, September 15
Where: Eden Community Center, 710 Elgin Street, San Lorenzo
Instructor: Mitsuko Maruyama and Setsuko Iwami
Theme: Rimpa 琳派 FEE $20*
Container and Materials: seasonal, colorful materials, long moribana container
HISTORY OF RINPA ART:
During the last quarter of the 17th century, the Rinpa School became a huge influence not only in painting but in all artistic design. The origin of this style can be traced to the work of Sotatsu and Koetsu. However, it was the reworking and revitalization of their concepts by Ogata Korin in the early 18th century that gave rise to this artistic style. In fact, the name “Rinpa” (also known as “Rimpa”) literally the “School of Rin” – got its “rin” from the second syllable of Korin’s name.
There are certain elements characteristic to Korin’s works – in particular, there is a lavish use of bright colors along with gold and silver. Though most reminiscent of gorgeous Heian period art, Korin uses these elements to flatten and simplify the images to the point that they are almost abstract. He was known to create numerous drawings of birds and flowers and capture their image very realistically as they would appear in nature but when they were recreated in a formal painting, they appeared more abstract and resembled textile designs rather than the actual image. This is no surprise given that his family made their wealth as purveyors and designers of textiles .
The right (above) and left screens of Kakitsubata-zu (Irises) by Ogata Korin, Edo period, 18th century Nezu Museum, Tokyo
Flowering Plants in Autumn, 18C, Artist unknown
Initially Korin’s work depicted scenes inspired by Japanese classical literature and poetry favored by the court: Tale of Genji, Tale of Ise, and poetry from the thirty six great poets. He later shifted his attention to flowers, birds, and nature with an emphasis on seasons and it is in this spirit, more than 250 years later, in 1964 the Third Head Master, Houn Ohara (1908-1995) revitalized this artistic style in ikebana.
RIMPA STYLE IKEBANA
Similarities between the art and its ikebana namesake aren’t always easy to distinguish. Just as Rimpa artists would capture the floral subject in its prime and accentuate its characteristics by exaggerating brilliance with the aid of vivid colors and negative space, in Ikebana we also cut seasonal flowers in their prime, imbue them with our spirit and selectively place them together in a way that accentuates their natural beauty. As we employ brilliant colors, crisp lines and negative space in our Rimpa arrangements using seasonal flowers and filler, the resemblances of Rinpa art and Rimpa ikebana become clear.
Though Rimpa style is a more advanced type of Ohara arrangement, this workshop is by no means limited to advanced students. We encourage all members regardless of rank to attend the September workshop. Mitsuko Maruyama and Setsuko Iwami will be providing a tutorial that should not be missed. Bring your notebook, materials and “can-do” attitude to this workshop.
THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND MUST RSVP TO SUIRYO GILLI AT 971-533-9314 OR EMAIL HER AT YOSHIKOGILLI@YAHOO.COM
NOTE: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE WILL BE A BOARD MEETING AFTER THE WORKSHOP.
*This workshop is open to all chapter members.
Guests are welcome to attend for a $20 fee (which increases to $25 after 2 visits). Guests should be sponsored by a member and the member must notify the workshop committee in advance.
If you have questions about this workshop, please email Mitsuko Maruyama or Setsuko Iwami at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com respectively.