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ikebana show denver: cosogetsu

CoSogetsu, the Colorado association of Sogetsu Ikebana had an exhibition of floral arrangements this weekend in Denver, I wanted to share some of the photos that I took there. There was an inspiring demonstration there, so now I must arrange!

The Sogetsu School of ikebana was founded in 1927 in Japan by Sofu Teshigahara whose vision was to adapt traditional ikebana to more contemporary times. While retaining some of the traditional ikebana concepts such as asymmetry, open space, and depth, he rejected many of the more rigid rules about materials, placement and permitted styles of arrangements that were integral parts of the ikebana of the past.  This philosophy had a wide appeal to modern society and permitted each designer to be creative without restraints. Sofu believed that the  Ikebana is a form of living sculpture and a reflection of the person who arranges it.

Sogetsu ikebana is a three-dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material arranged in a container. Although it is based on Japanese tradition, Sogetsu is becoming recognized throughout the world as a sculptural form of art. It is a school that strives for a modern fresh style that evolves along with society. In particular, Sogetsu promotes an ikebana of no limits in which plant materials of any type are used to be displayed anywhere and in any circumstance. It is up to the aesthetic awareness of the individual ikebana arranger to compose the materials, choose their most beautiful aspects, order them, and endow them with a value or feeling transcending that which they had in nature. As people diverse from each other, the students of Sogetsu are encouraged to create sculptural compositions that are individualistic and imaginative.

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