These accomplished arrangers teach us much about the use of balance and proportion. This design features beautifully modeled mitsumata branches. Mitsumata is the Japanese name for Edgewortha chrysantha. The fibers of this plant are used to make beautiful Japanese papers.
This design was hard to photograph with its thrusting diagonal of bamboo. I love it and the red verticals too. I am a little confused by the fussy flower garden like designs on the left. It greatly adds to the balance but mutes the strength of the image. The forward design with the sansiverria and the birds of paradise works well so perhaps it is the star shapes of the white lilies.
This design was created by the same arranger, note the pile of bamboo. I find this one a little more serene and organized more effectively. Both have wonderful tropical materials in pristine condition.
This design fascinates me. I keep putting my hand over the vertical plant material to see if I think a purely horizontal line is stronger but isn’t that a purely Western convention? What do you think?