Saturday, 19 April 2014

Visiting Portland

Nageire, naturalistic freestyle.

While in Portland I was able to take an ikebana class with a very experienced Sogetsu teacher. Keiko Kodachi has been teaching ikebana in Portland since 1962 and was the founder of the Portland Sogetsu Branch. She holds the teaching rank of Riji, which is the highest in the Sogetsu school.

The class was in her ikebana studio where I met an inspired group of students. Everyone was very welcoming and it was a great experience. Today's task was working with Camellia branches. Since we do not have Camellias in Norway I decided to make an Ishu-ike (one material only) arrangement and work with bending techniques to explore the possibilities of the branches.

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