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Thursday, 17 September 2020


Monday, 31 August 2020


Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Ikebana Calendar, August 2020


June 2020: Sculpture Installed! Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo were commissioned to design art works (stainless steel sculpture and wall piece ) for the newly built Le Pine Hall in Kew. Both works reflect ikebana aesthetics and philosophy.

July 2020: Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 202 announced. https://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com

August 2020: Winners of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020 announced. https://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com

20 August 2020: “Shoso 2020”, a collection of Shoso’s work from 2016 to 2020 is available with eBook (Aus$4.99) or hardcover version. http://bit.ly/Shoso2020

25 August 2020: An internationally renowned ikebana master, Mr Ken Katayama joins Ikebana Dojo as a guest facilitator. His sessions have been fully booked. The session will be recorded and will be available on YouTube.

29 August 2020: Shoso will give a talk on Tea Flower using Zoom. Closed event. 

5 September 2020: Zoom Ikebana Dojo, Topic - Line 1.

24 - 30 September 2020: First entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.

11&12 September 2021: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival.




Thursday, 20 August 2020

eBook "Shoso Shimbo 2020"




Special Offer Aus$4.99 until 31 Aug 2020. 発売記念価格$4.99 (eBook)
Normal Price: Aus $14.99 (eBook), Aus $119 (hardcover)  


Introduction


This is the second collection of Shoso Shimbo’s work , following the first collection, Shoso 2016. It focuses on his works from 2016 to 2020. This is a significant period for Shoso’s career as an artist, expanding the possibilities of Ikebana into the areas of contemporary art, and environmental art in particular.

Shoso has been exploring environmental art from an Ikebana perspective. It is in a sense investigating Western art in the light of Eastern traditions of art.

Some traditional aspects of Eastern art can offer a different perspective on our attitudes to the environment. Art may not be able to instantly solve the difficult problems we currently face, but it can raise questions about the role of capitalism in environmental degradation.

Shoso 2020 reveals his direction toward new type of minimalism, where Japanese aesthetics are re-examined in the age of environmental crisis. Shoso is exploring the possibilities of a union between environmental aesthetics and environmental ethics.

はじめに

この作品集「Shoso 2020」は「Shoso 2016」以降の作品、2016年から2020年までの新保逍滄の作品を紹介するものです。この間の活動の焦点のひとつは環境芸術における生花の可能性の追求であったと言えそうです。環境破壊の元凶が資本主義でありながら、資本主義のシステム内でしか環境芸術は存在できないのでしょうか。純粋な環境芸術のひとつの形は「贈与」にも似た概念芸術ということになるのかもしれません。相手を決めず、報酬を求めず、できれば匿名で贈る行為。それは自然界の隅々にまで浸透する資本主義に対峙しうる最後の砦。あるいはそれを本物の精神文化と呼んでもいいのではないでしょうか。すると「贈与」は日々の生花の修練が深いところで意味するものとも似通ってくるようにも思えます。孤軍奮闘の折にふと浮かんだ想念です。

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Sunday, 16 August 2020


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Sculpture for Le Pine, East Kew, Melbourne



Magnolia Flower

Designed by Shoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo
Stainless Steel, 450 x 1200 x 450

The form of this sculpture was inspired by the magnolia flower. Flowers have held spiritual significance since ancient times. In some cultures, the magnolia flower signifies an enduring true love that lasts throughout time and space.

Based on Ikebana aesthetics, this sculpture shows the different stages of an opening flower. As the viewers walk around, the flower may slowly open before their eyes.

Floating Petals

Designed by Shoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo

The work represents flower petals floating on running water. This combination is one of the most highly admired poetic images in Japanese culture. It signifies both the transience of our existence and the eternal cycle of nature, our spirituality. The metal flowers come from Hiromitsu blacksmith in Izumo, Japan.

Web: Le Pine Funerals

葬儀会館への制作依頼には木蓮の花からイメージを膨らませた。古代より花は精神的な意味を持つものとされてきた。類人猿もまた死者に花を手向けたという。木蓮の花は時空を超えた永遠の愛を象徴するとする文化圏もある。非対称性を用いたことで、周りを歩くと彫刻の花が徐々に開いていく様子が感じられる。

流れの花びらは、花の刹那性と流れの永遠性(大自然あるいは精神性)の対比として日本文化史上、最も親しまれてきたイメージのひとつであろう。壁作品はこのモチーフを元にしている。桜の花弁は出雲の鍛冶職人に特別に制作していただいた。

愛する人をなくした人へ幾らかでも寄り添える作品が作れるだろうか。芸術家としてのキャリア中、最も厳しい、妥協が許されない状況での制作となった。クライアントから喜んで頂け、ひとまず安心したものです。

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Ikebana Dojo in August 2020





15 August 2020

Special Program - Using more than 5 materials
Apply by 11 August 

25 August 2020

Apply by 11 August - New Deadline!
Mr Katayama agreed to facilitate 2 sessions on 25 August. A few more extra seats are available now.
Please apply soon. We changed application deadline because the participants need some time to prepare for this very special Dojo session. 

5 September 2020

Please check our post about the sessions in September & October.  We focus on 4 ikebana elements in September & October. Beginners welcome.  


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Saturday, 11 July 2020


Thursday, 18 June 2020


Thursday, 11 June 2020


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Ikebana Calendar, June 2020



24 - 27 May 2020: Shoso presented a paper, “Nature in Ikebana: Ikebana before and after the war” online at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. https://acah.iafor.org/acah2020/


June 2020: Sculpture Installation. Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo have been commissioned to design art works (stainless steel sculpture and wall piece ) for the newly built Le Pine Hall in Kew. Both works reflect ikebana aesthetics and philosophy.   


13 June 2020: Deadline to apply for Ikebana Dojo Session on 20 June 2020.  https://bit.ly/IkebanaDojo20June20, www.ikebanadojo.org 


19 June 2020: Shoso will conduct an Ikebana workshop using Zoom for the students of Shelford Girls Grammar School.


4pm, 20 June 2020: Ikebana Dojo. Zoom online Ikebana lesson based on the new curriculum.

https://bit.ly/dojoikebana, www.ikebanadojo.org


24 - 30 June 2020: Post your work to win the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020. https://bit.ly/IkebanaAward20


27 June 2020: Shoso will give a lecture using Zoom for the students of Kyoto University of the Arts. 


27 June 2020: Deadline to apply for Ikebana Dojo Session on 4 July 2020.   


4pm, 4 July 2020: Ikebana Dojo with Associate Professor Dr Inoue (Kyoto University of the Arts). 

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14 July 2020: Term 2 starts. Classes will be held at 60 Martin St, Brighton. All students including old and new students, please apply using a form so that we can have digital records of all the students. https://form.jotform.com/200651984101852  


12 September 2020: Shoan & Shoso will present Ikebana Dinner Show, Quaff Restaurant, Toorak. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/p/program.html   

 

19 & 20 September 2020: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/

 

20 September 2020: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre. https://www.shoso.com.au/2019/10/ikebana-performance-with-paul-grabowsky.html

 

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020


Monday, 25 May 2020

Zoom Ikebana Dojo Update


Join an ikebana learning community. Meet ikebana friends from all over the world. 

Next sessions:
Saturday 6 June 2020, 4:00pm - 4:40pm, Application Deadline: 30 May 2020
Saturday 20 June 2020, 4:00pm - 4:40pm,
Application Deadline: 13 June 2020
Melbourne Australia time


Monday, 11 May 2020

Zoom Ikebana Dojo


Join an online learning community using Zoom. This project is to support your ikebana study, in particular, if you are studying alone. This is ideal for many people who are working in isolation. 

WhenLesson 1, 4:00pm - 4:40pm, Saturday 23 May 2020, Melbourne Australia time

Who can join?: Anyone, regardless ikebana school, stage of learning (except beginners) or country of residence.

How much?: Aus $10 (special Introductory offer, non-refundable). Pay by credit card or Paypal. 

Details: https://bit.ly/dojoikebana
日本語案内:https://bit.ly/dojoikebana

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

70 Ikebana Essays by Shoso


Shoso Shimbo has published 70 essays on ikebana in both English & Japanese for Dengon Net, a monthly Japanese community newspaper in Melbourne. Shoso has never been late for the deadlines for 7 years. Click "On Ikebana" in Top Hits section in his website to read all of them. 
https://www.shoso.com.au/search/label/On%20Ikebana

If you want to read more of his writings, go to his Publication.
https://www.shoso.com.au/p/publication.html

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Shoso's talk will be online


24 - 27 May 2020: Dr Shoso Shimbo will present a paper, “Nature in Ikebana: Beyond sustainability” online at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. https://acah.iafor.org/acah2020/

Abstract

Western culture, in particular the Modernism Art Movement has had a significant influence on ikebana since the Meiji period. To discern an aspect of cultural transformation in Japan this study focus on the works by several ikebana artists and theorists in 19th and 20th centuries who contributed to develop radical free style ikebana with the influence of Modernism.

There is an argument that under the influence of Modernism, there was a shift in the view of what ikebana symbolically represents from universal structural orders to life energy. However, both of these views were implicated in the classic ikebana text, Senno Kuden (1542), where the author discussed his approach in terms of creating ikebana for a deeper appreciation of nature. This concept of ikebana as a representation of life energy did not begin with the reformers, it has been around since the early stages of development in ikebana and deserves more attention.

This study suggests that, after encountering Modernism, it became necessary for ikebana artists and theorists to reconsider the defining features of ikebana in the light of the differences in the perception of nature in the West and in Japan. Rather than accepting Modernism as a whole, they selectively adopted some elements of it to develop free style ikebana that embodies reemergence of the original approach to nature in ikebana.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Ikebana Events Calendar


There may be some changes due to the current health concern. 

14 April 2020: Zoom online Ikebana lesson was very successful. Thank you all participants. 

24 - 27 May 2020: Shoso will present a paper, "Nature in Ikebana: Beyond sustainability" online at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. https://acah.iafor.org/acah2020/

June 2020: Sculpture Installation - Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo have been commissioned to design art works (stainless steel sculpture and wall piece ) for the newly built Le Pine Hall in Kew. Both works reflect ikebana aesthetics and philosophy.   

12 August 2020: Japanese Aesthetics (From Ikebana to contemporary art), RMIT Short Courses. http://bit.ly/rmit-ikebana

12 September 2020: Shoan & Shoso will present Ikebana Dinner Show, Quaff Restaurant, Toorak. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/p/program.html   

19 & 20 September 2020: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/

20 September 2020: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre. https://www.shoso.com.au/2019/10/ikebana-performance-with-paul-grabowsky.html

https://www.shoso.com.au
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Looking for Ikebana class near you?


 Looking for Ikebana class near you?

Is Murrumbeena too far for you? Some of Shoso’s students have been qualified to teach and are running their own classes. 

Mulgrave: Akemi Suzuki - https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite
Mornington Peninsula: Shoto Duke -@shoto.ikebana, or email  eclipse@ikebana.net.au 

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