Ikebana Workshop with Katsuko Lord & Ikuko Yoshida
Cultural Studies and Language Series—Fall 2022
BENNINGTON COMMUNITY ONLY | In this workshop, participants will explore the Japanese perspective on aesthetics thorough one of the prominent art forms of Japan - Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement). First, the participants will learn about the history and the philosophical principals of Ikebana and analyze the Japanese sense of beauty by contemplating various styles of Ikebana from various schools. Second, they will also practice Ikebana, applying their understanding of Japanese aesthetics and the relationship between humans and nature.
This workshop will be conducted in Japanese.
About the Artist
Ikebana Artist Katsuko Morisawa started her Ikebana education in Japan in 1990. She continued studies in Hong Kong where she lived from 2001 until 2011. Katsuko’s training includes 4 diplomas in the Sogetsu style of Ikebana and she is currently studying for a 4th and final diploma. Katsuko has been chosen 27 times to demonstrate and exhibit her arrangements in international Ikebana (Sogetsu) exhibitions in Asia. Additionally, she has been chosen each of the last 5 years to demonstrate her style at the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Exhibition. Her leadership experience includes Deputy to the Art Director, Sogetsu Asia Pacific Regional Organization as well as Sogetsu Demonstration Representative, Asia Pacific Cross-Cultural Functions Group.