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Kadō/The Way of Flowers: Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration

April 16, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free & open to the public
— Registration Open
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Contact:
Lilah Anderson ( lilaha@iastate.edu )
Phone:
515-294-3342
Location:
Scheman Building

With Marcia Borel, Sogetsu Designer and ISU class of ‘78

Along with the way of tea, the way of calligraphy, and other ancient Japanese cultural arts, the way of flowers, or Kadō (also called Ikebana) reaches far back through time, generations and uses or meanings. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana was introduced when its founder, sculptor Sofu Teshigahara had a new idea. He developed fifty principles to create a fresh direction, which includes self-expression, use of many varied materials, changing locations, and inclusion of practitioners.  Sogetsu Ikebana could become something learned and practiced by anyone, anywhere, using anything. A radical thought for its time in 1927 Japan, offering a contemporary path for Kadō. Watch designer, exhibition co-curator alumna, Marcia Borel create a Sogetsu arrangement as she describes the principles and practice of ikebana. This program will be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception.

Program made possible by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.


This event is part of a series of programs from April 16 through April 21.

Kadō/The Way of Flowers is a series of programs that marks the first time that all nine exhibitions of Contemplate Japan will come together. For this moment in time, a Sogetsu Ikebana exhibit will join the other Japanese cultural art forms represented. Created by designers from across the country, Sogetsu ikebana arrangements will complete the experience for just one week in April. The ancient form of Kadō is the root of all schools of ikebana and the Sogetsu designs on display represent the most modern and inclusive school of practice. The arrangements will fill the Brunnier Art Museum from April 16 to April 21. Then gone- ephemeral, like the cherry blossoms. Like life.

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