arranging things

chabana this week i took a an ikebana class in a very jetlagged state. the teacher would look at what i was doing and say something like - i see what you mean - and then she'd finish it for me. it was interesting to watch her work. just how familiar her hands are with the materials - the way she knows exactly how to pull on a blade of grass to make it droop but not crease or snap - but also how quickly she made all those decisions; the way you could see her thinking. sometimes she would cover a part with her hand and imagine it gone; asking herself, do we need this? is it better without?

and i noticed that i think anything i'm making - a dinner, a drawing, a flower arrangement - should be natural or authentic. it shouldn't be laboured or polished. and i shouldn't waste any of the materials that went into it. it should just fall off my hand and be perfect already. it doesn't really work. i need to edit and labour sometimes. i need to be deliberate and leave things out. in class all the students worked away while i put one stem in a vase and frowned at it. very funny.

i've been reading lydia davis short stories which are amazing. i bet she edits. or maybe it just falls off her pen and is perfect.

i want this book, illustrated by nathalie du pasquier.



5 comments:

at swim-two-birds said...

I would love to participate an ikebana class one day; yours look lovely!
happy weekend:)

anna said...

thanks!
i hope i get past frowning in the next class...

ola said...

yesterday I was thinking of nathalie du pasquier and maybe some inspiration she could bringt. thanks for the book idea

anna said...

shes so great!

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