This workshop will concentrate on two shoka arrangements: a traditional shofutai and a more modern shimputai. Taught by Mimi Santini-Ritt, this is an excellent introductory class for those new to ikebana.
Shoka focuses on the unique character of each plant, the inner beauty discovered in the various growing forms of a plant as it makes every effort to live.
In a traditional shoka shofutai, the life of plants is elegantly and gracefully expressed arranged in a single vase.
Shoka shimputai was introduced by present Headmaster Sen¹ei Ikenobo in 1977 as a modern style of shoka suited to contemporary life styles. Based on Ikenobo¹s traditional sense of beauty, the beauty found in shoka shimputai comes from observing plants from various perspectives such as color, shape, texture, extension of leaves, and movement of stems.