Location: University of MA - Waltham Center, 240 Beaver St., Waltham, MA 02452
Date: February 19, 2008
Demonstrations by Teachers of Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu Schools
Kaye Vosburgh introduced today’s program “Free Style Demonstrations by members of Three Ikebana Schools.” In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s there was a profound change in the way Ikebana was regarded as part of the cultural landscape. Ikebana was viewed less as a floral expression of a spiritual aesthetic than as a manifestation of an artistic consciousness. Sofu Teshigahara, founder of the Sogetsu School, in particular expanded the boundaries of Ikebana to include the use of dried materials, unconventional materials and most significantly as a legitimate form of sculpture. Ikenobo, a more traditional school, did not embrace free style arranging until 1960 although Ohara did somewhat earlier.
Keiko Thayer and Hiroko Matsuyama — an arrangement of the Ohara School
Linda Clarke and Masako Yatsuhashi — an arrangement of the Ikenobo School
Tomoko Tanaka — three arrangements of the Sogetsu School
The teachers from the three schools in our Boston Chapter illustrated creative and beautiful examples of modern Free-Style expression. This “free style” is a progression and continuation from years of study and experience in the individual schools’ basic lessons and traditional methods, which are necessary to understand and practice before exploring creative possibilities. Examples of asymmetrical balance, line and space were clearly shown in each arrangement.
It was an instructive program with a dazzling array of arrangements.