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Monday, 29 October 2018

Shoso at Two Contemporary Art Exhibitions



Shoso Shimbo's works have been selected for the two prestigious contemporary art exhibitions.

21 September - 6 November 2018: Biennale of Australian Art. Shoso was selected as one of the top 150 artists of the nation for the biennale. Shoso’s artist residency is form 13 to 19 October. http://www.boaa.net.au Visit Ballarat and enjoy this great art festival and see Shoso’s installation at the Mining Exchange.

28 October - 9 December 2018: Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2018. Shoso Shimbo was selected as a finalist for the award. https://www.yering.com/visit-yering-station/art-gallery/

http://www.shoso.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Friday, 26 October 2018


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Events Calendar


21 September to 6 November 2018: Biennale of Australian Art. Shoso was selected as one of the top 150 artists of the nation for the biennale. Shoso’s artist residency is form 13 to 19 October. http://www.boaa.net.au Visit Ballarat and enjoy this great art festival and see Shoso’s installation at the Mining Exchange.

28 October 2018: Ikebana worksop at Kazari, Prahran. https://www.kazari.com.au/workshops. A number of great Ikebana containers will be available on and after this day. Please visit Kazari.

28 October - 9 December 2018: Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2018. Shoso Shimbo was selected as a finalist for the award. https://www.yering.com/visit-yering-station/art-gallery/

http://www.shoso.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Shoso's work at BOAA till 6 November 2018



Plastic Tainai Kuguri by Shoso Shimbo at The Mining Exchange, Ballarat as part of BOAA till 6 November 2018.

This work focuses on the issue of plastic pollution. The installation, made of plastic waste, invites viewers to interact with the work and was inspired by the Tainai Kuguri (passing through the womb) in Japan. Tainai Kuguri is a rite of passage through a site such as a cave or the interior of a Buddhist statue symbolising rebirth and a fresh start. 

https://www.boaa.net.au
https://www.facebook.com/BOAABiennaleofAustralianArt2018

http://www.shoso.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Shoso at BOAA


Bring your plastic wastes (plastic bags, wrapping etc.) and attach them to Shoso’s installation, Plastic Tainai Kuguri at BOAA.

Just meditate how much we produce plastic wastes in a day (or in a week), and imagine a better way while walking through a Tainai (womb).

When: 10am - 3pm, 13 - 19 October 2018
Where: The Mining Exchange, Ballarat
Booking for School Group: shososhimbo@gmail.com

Shoso Shimbo at BOAA: http://bit.ly/ShosoBOAA

http://www.shoso.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Ikebana Workshops by Shoso Shimbo Group Instructors


Our Ikebana workshops were FULLY BOOKED and very successful at Wa: Ikebana Exhibition, Abbotsford Convent, on 7 October 2018.
Thank you, our instructors - Shoan Lo, Shoen Loo, Toko Tazawa, Aileen Duke, Akemi Suzuki & Pulcheria Reeves. 

Balwyn North: Shoan Lo - www.shoanlo.net
Camberwell: Shoen Loo - Instagram: ikebanajenny
Malvern: Toko Tazawa - https://tokoikebana.com
Mornington Peninsula: Aileen Duke - Instagram: eclipse.ikebana
Mulgrave: Akemi Suzuki - https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite
Murrumbeena: Shoso Shimbo - www.shoso.com.au
St Kilda: Pulcheria Reeves - Instagram: designbloom.melb

We received wonderful feedback from our participants!
Thank you all the participants. We hope you will continue learning Ikebana.   

http://www.shoso.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Monday, 17 September 2018

Special Ikebana Workshops


All of our instructors (many of them are newly qualified teachers) are ready to teach you. We spent a few weeks reviewing the basic styles and practicing demos. If you are interested in Ikebana but have not done it, this is a great opportunity to try it at a very reasonable rate.   

Abbotsford Convent, 7 October 2018.
Book tickets for the workshops: http://bit.ly/IkebanaWorkshops

Note: Nine am session is only for men.     

http://www.shoso.com.au 
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ikebana for a Medical Reception


Shoso Shimbo and his students will exhibit their works at Wa.
6 & 7 October 2018: Wa Ikebana Exhibition and Workshops.
https://www.facebook.com/wa.ikebana/


Sogetsu School
Origin 
The Sogetsu School of Ikebana was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara.
He felt that the strict rules of traditional Ikebana did not allow for individual expression, so after studying and mastering traditional Ikebana he broke away to develop his own school.
The underlying philosophy of the Sogetsu school is summed up in a famous saying by Sofu: ‘Sogetsu Ikebana can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime, with any kind of material.’
This inclusive and innovative approach to the study allows us to express ourselves freely through our arrangements as we are not restricted by fixed styles, unlike the more traditional ikebana schools.
Sogetsu Ikebana incorporates a wide range of styles, from home arrangements and shop window displays, to large scale works in a variety of venues. Sogetsu styles stimulate us, provide us with beauty, and share the healing powers of plants.
Sofu Teshigahara was the first headmaster (Iemoto) of the Sogetsu Ikebana school.  His daughter Kasumi, a gifted artist, was the second headmaster from 1979 until she died in 1980 at the age of 47. Her elder brother, film director Hiroshi, took over. The current headmaster is Hiroshi’s second daughter and Sofu's granddaughter, Akane Teshigahara, who took over in 2001.
The Sogetsu school was one of the first to have English textbooks. There are currently 49 branches of Sogetsu in Japan (three in Tokyo) and 120 branches and study groups worldwide.

Shoso Shimbo
Dr Shoso Shimbo is a highly accomplished Ikebana artist, sculptor and teacher. He studied Ikebana under the third Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara and also has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. Shoso is a qualified garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society), specialising in Japanese gardens. 

Shoso’s skills, expertise and mastery have been recognised in the many awards and acknowledgements he has received over the years. Winner of the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, he was also awarded the 2017 Arnold Bloch Leibler Prize in the Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Awards. He was selected by Belle Magazine as one of Australia’s Top Floral Designers and is a finalist for the Yering Station Sculpture Awards 2018. 
Shoso was a featured presenter at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2018 in Kobe, Japan. He has won an artist residency in the Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) for October 2018. 
His recent commissions include a public work of art for the 2015 Archibald Award Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as part of the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale.
Shoso is a director of the International Society of Ikebana Studies and the Ikebana Gallery Award. He teaches a short course in Japanese Aesthetics at Melbourne’s RMIT University, along with Sogetsu Ikebana courses with students throughout the year. He has written for Ikebana and contemporary art publications and is a regular contributor to the International Journal of Ikebana Studies.
Shoso Shimbo Group
Many of Shoso’s students have qualified as ikebana teachers and begun teaching and working as ikebana artists. His students are also well represented in ikebana awards and floral exhibitions. Akemi Suzuki and Shoan Lo each exhibited large works in the shop window competition at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, while Sophi Ye won first prize in the category of wedding table arrangement. 
Shoso’s students Shoen Loo, Elena Iampolski, Madeleine Duke, Kim Ta, Pulcheria Reeves and Aileen Duke have won Ikebana Gallery Awards, a prestigious international online competition for students of ikebana. 


Contact: Shoso Shimbo
E: shososhimbo@gmail.com
W: shoso.com.au
http://www.shoso.com.au 
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Events Calendar


August 2018: The winners of Ikebana Gallery Award 2018 were announced. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au

6 & 7 September 2018 (to be confirmed): Shoso will create 7 arrangements including a large work for a display suite for a new development in Barenya Court, Kew. This is like a Shoso’s solo exhibition! Volunteer assistants welcome.

7 September 2018: Shoso will conduct a workshop at Holmsglen.

21 September to 6 November 2018: Biennale of Australian Art. Shoso was selected as one of the top 150 artists of the nation for the biennale. Shoso’s artist residency is form 13 to 19 October. http://www.boaa.net.au

6 & 7 October 2018: Wa Ikebana Exhibition and Workshops. https://www.facebook.com/wa.ikebana/
There is a workshop session only for men. Encourage your friend or family to join. http://bit.ly/IkebanaWorkshops

24 October 2018: A new term of Shoso’s course, From Ikebana to Contemporary Art at RMIT Short Courses will start. http://bit.ly/1IFmuyl

28 October 2018: Ikebana worksop at Kazari, Prahran. http://www.kazari.com.au/. A number of great Ikebana containers will be available on and after this day. Please visit Kazari.

28 October - 9 December 2018: Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2018. Shoso Shimbo was selected as a finalist for the award. www.yering.com/artgallery 

http://www.shoso.com.au 
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Friday, 3 August 2018

Events Calendar


August 2018: Finalists and the winner of Ikebana Gallery Award 2018 will be announced. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au 

15 August 2018: A new term of Shoso’s course, From Ikebana to Contemporary Art at RMIT Short Courses will start. http://bit.ly/1IFmuyl

16 & 17 August 2018: Shoso will create 7 arrangements including a large work for a display suite for a new development in Barenya Court, Kew. This is like a Shoso’s solo exhibition! Volunteer assistants welcome.

21 September to 6 November 2018: Biennale of Australian Art. Shoso was selected for the biennale. http://www.boaa.net.au

6 & 7 October 2018: Wa Ikebana Exhibition and Workshops. https://www.facebook.com/wa.ikebana/
There is a workshop session only for men. Encourage your friend or family to join. https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=404074

http://www.shoso.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


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