Melbourne Ikebana Festival, 7 and 8 September

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Friday 12 August 2011

From Shoso's Gallery: ABC Gardening Australia Expo 2008

In this work I have returned to the theme of light returning to the world, as in the story of Ameterasu, the Japanese Sun Goddess, who hid herself in a cave and denied the world her light, then emerged to shine her light on the world again.
After a long period of darkness, light finally begins to shine again, starting with a small gap in a dark wall, which in fact has its own beauty. As the light breaks through, the joy of light after darkness, of hope in bleak times is seen as the floor material reaches up to bathe in the light’s reflection. 
The energy of light brings bright colours to life, while the dormant world still waiting for its touch remains a pensive green. Light is not seen in this work, only the response of the natural world to its presence.

Friday 5 August 2011

Shoso on TV

I talked about Ikebana and gave a quick demo for a popular morning TV show. I often use this video in my Ikebana workshop as an introduction. It's short and contains great information.          

Thursday 4 August 2011

Recent Work: Party Flower

Ms Renouf asked me to make three Ikebana arrangements for her home party in July. This colourful work is a welcoming flower for her guests. Following is a wonderful comment from her.

Dear Shoso,

I meant to call earlier to tell you how DIVINE the flowers are.
You are amazing.

My guests were enthralled, particularly with the one "they will never see again " I think you will have to master it so you can do it more quickly and easily, as it is SUPERB !
Many, many thanks,