Ikebana Workshop with Susan Solomon coming Sun 15 April

ikebana 3_edited-1We are very excited to announce that Susie Solomon, one of our Shared Thread members has agreed to teach a Workshop on Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement on Sunday April 15th from 2-5pm.

Susan is an Ikebana Master of the School of Sogetsu, the most contemporary of all the Ikebana schools of which there are many hundred in Japan. It was founded by Sogu Teshigawara jn the early nineteenth century

Susan says: “The style is minimalist and can be done anywhere anytime with almost anything! The exciting part about doing ikebana is how stunning you can make an arrangement look in such a short time with so little!”

Ikebana was started many years ago in Japan by Buddhists, with the emergence of the first classical styles in the middle of the fifteenth century. It achieved the status of an art form independent of its religious origins though it continued to retain strong symbolic and philosophical overtones and the first teachers and students were priests and members of the nobility.

Susan has given professional workshops around Australia and overseas. She is also a Ceramist and Watercolour Artist and has studied Art and Design in South Africa, Australia, Berkley, California and later in Singapore where she lived for many years.

Susie’s paintings and ceramics have been shown in numerous galleries, including her first private exhibition at the Sunjin Gallery Singapore in 2012.    She has also participated in further exhibitions in Sydney at the Bellvue Gallery and in Malaysia.

Susan will talk about the history and current practice of Ikebana, illustrated with pictures of her own work and then show us how it is done. Participants can then work on their own Ikebana arrangements using materials supplied by Susan and flowers, greenery and botanical found objects brought from home.

Susan’s workshop will be a bit of a diversion from our usual textile based workshops but we thought that having such a delightful and talented person in our midst was too good an opportunity to miss. For anybody who feels they will go into yarn withdrawal they are welcome to bring their knitting and just come for the company. Otherwise, step out of your comfort zone and come and learn about something completely new!

Numbers are strictly limited so register early.


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