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Luca Ramacciotti – Sogetsu Concentus Study Group

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Recentemente abbiamo ricevuto questo invito che abbiamo subito rivolto alle allieve e maestre del nostro gruppo. Il Concentus Study Group, e lo dico con estremo orgoglio, non si è MAI fermato quest’anno realizzando lezioni online o creando anche delle sfide (come utilizzare i materiali vegetali che avevamo a portata di mano durante la quarantena) al nostro gruppo di lavoro o partecipando ad esposizioni virtuali internazionali. Un poco ci piace rimanere sempre attivi (anche perché se studi un’arte non puoi eseguirla ad ogni morte di papa e basta soprattutto se hai allievi); inoltre essendo un gruppo ufficiale della Sogetsu ci teniamo ad essere sempre sul pezzo.

Per la precisione il nostro gruppo ha attività a Roma e in Toscana, ma avendo allieve e maestre da tutta Italia (e non solo) l’area di attività tende ad allargarsi. Ufficialmente la sede però è a Roma. A Roma ci sono due Study group ufficiali della Sogetsu e come tale riconosciuti. L’Artikebana Ranson Study Group (che fu creato da Lina Alicino sensei) che attualmente dirige Maria Domenica Castrì che vive a Caserta e il Concentus Study Group tenuto da noi.

Abbiamo chiesto, quindi, alle allieve che potevano essere presenti di partecipare. La data di scadenza è fissata per il prossimo 30 settembre ed alcuni ikebana (come quello della Maestra Patrizia Ferrari di Merano) devono essere ancora pubblicati per cui questo articolo sarà prossimamente aggiornato ed arricchito.

Ci tengo personalmente a ringraziare Fiammetta Martegani perché nella sua zona (Tel Aviv) non è facile in questo momento reperire materiale e, nonostante questo lei si industri al meglio, e Neicla Campi a cui, con soddisfazione, non abbiamo fatto nessuna correzione inerente il lavoro proposto per questa occasione. Non è facile correggere mantenendo l’idea e lo stile di un allievo. Spesso si intuisce se la mano del maestro è stata leggera o totale trasformando un lavoro secondo i propri gusti personali. Un po’ come quando vedi degli ikebana attribuiti a dei bambini e sai bene che un bambino di età inferiore ai dieci anni non potrebbe mai concepire quella tipologia di ikebana.

Ma ecco la galleria dei nostri lavori a cui, come già detto, aggiungerò quelli mancanti. Potevamo mandare fino a 3 ikebana a testa e ho chiesto a tutti di idearne di nuovi. Trovo sempre piuttosto brutto (e inutile) per iniziative come questa (per non parlare di foto per libri) riciclare cose già fatte come se non avessimo idee a sufficienza.

My Inspiration:
The end of Summer. Among the dry branches of broom, burnt by the summer sun, the flowers return before the arrival of winter.

Arrangement by: Silvia Barucci, Italy
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Garofano, hibiscus, astrantia and ginestra branches
Vessel: Ceramic Vase.
My Inspiration:
A modern arrangement with a quirky container and with disassembled and reassembled material (Physalis Alkechengi and Dahlia) showing a strong contrast of shapes and colour with the container.

Arrangement by: Lucio Farinelli, Italy
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Dahlia and alchechengi
Vessel: Handcrafted vase
My Inspiration:
What if we invented ikebana? What if ikebana was invented on the Mediterranean sea? What Greeks, Romans, Etrurians would have made? I used a vase which is a reproduction of an old vase with materials that are original from the Mediterranean sea. Pistacia lentiscus (mastic) and Matricaria Chamomilla are from here and they can be found easily in Southern Europe.

Arrangement by: Lucio Farinelli
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Pistacia lentiscus (mastic) and Matricaria Chamomilla
Vessel: Handcrafted vase
My Inspiration:
Leftovers: we should never discard leftovers. We should never throw
them away, just wait for the right moment and for the right idea. I had
these Strelitzia flowers and this Limonium, then I noticed that dry
lotus leaf I had on the shelf and the idea arrived. Strelitzia,
Limonium, Dry lotus leaf

Arrangement by: Lucio Farinelli, Italy
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Strelitzia, limonium, dried lotus leaf
Vessel: Ceramic vase by Sebastiano Allegrini
My inspiration:
The reeds of Arundo line the road, the peaks are moved by the wind. I was very stimulated and made an arrangement in a glass vase that remembers their movement.

Arrangement by: Ilaria Mibelli, Toscana, Italy
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower Materials: Arando and anthurium
Vessel: Glass vase
My Inspiration:
We will remember 2020 in a negative as well as a positive way. If we have suffered a lot, it is also true that we have invented new solutions to be able to move forward also thanks to the technologies we have at our disposal. My work wants to be a symbol of joy and rebirth through the use of bleached palms that can look like a flower and the strelitzia that, with the colors of autumn, arise from them. For this composition, I used a ceramic vase I made myself.

Arrangement by: Luca Ramacciotti, Italy
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Bleached palm and strelitzia
Vessel: Self-Made ceramic vase
My Inspiration:
This handcrafted vase was given to me by Maestro Lucio Farinelli after his trip to Puglia. The particular sea urchin shape inspired me for a vertical work that would give light and joy. I chose the dahlias because the color and shape are reminiscent of those of the vase and I put some purple tips to enliven everything.

Arrangement by: Luca Ramacciotti
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Dahlia and limonium
Vessel: Handcrafted vase from Maestro Lucio Farinelli
My Inspiration:
Chestnuts dancing with dahlias. Not yet autumn, no more summer.

Arrangement by: Neicla Campi, Italy
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower Materials: Castaneda Sativa, dahlia
Vessel: Ceramic vase
My Inspiration:
Since I live in Israel, and this time of the year is the Jewish New Year, I wanted to use the typical elements of this holiday: pomegranates, which bring good luck and prosperity and roses, a typical Middle Easter flower, to celebrate the beauty of a new year starting. The vase I used is made by the Israeli local artist Merav Waldman who made it under my supervision to emphasize the “wabi-sabi” naturalness typical of the Nageire Style.

Arrangement by: Fiammetta Martegani, Israel
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Pomegranates, roses
Vessel: Ceramic vase by Israeli local artist Merav Waldman
My Inspiration:
I live in Tel Aviv, a very unique town for the amount of public and private gardens that make this city a very “green” one. I got the bitter oranges from my neighbors and the Aster from the local flower market which is literally 200 meters from my house. I consider them part of my family since the neighbor where I live is one of the oldest in Tel Aviv and we will all feel like part of a big family, where we can share flowers and products coming from our own backyard.
The vase I used is the same one made by the Israeli local artist Merav Waldman who made it under my supervision to emphasize the “wabi-sabi” naturalness typical of the Nageire Style.

Arrangement by: Fiammetta Martegani, Israel
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Bitter oranges and aster
Vessel: Ceramic vase by Israeli local artist Merav Waldman Mostra meno
My Inspiration:
I made this composition with all material that I got from different friends (coming from different countries) including the vase, which was found in the Flea Market of Jaffa, one of the oldest towns in Israel and the Middle East. To me, this composition represents the very unique value of friendship and how Ikebana can be a bridge between cultures and countries.
As much I live in Israel, I am originally Italian and I belong to the Ikebana Sogetsu Concentus (Italy), under the supervision of Master Lucio Farinelli and Luca Ramacciotti.

Arrangement by: Fiammetta Martegani, Israel
Name of School: Sogetsu-Ryu
Flower materials: Anthurium, Craspedia
Vessel: Ceramic Vase

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