Japan Week: Ikebana Demonstration

24 Feb ‘16
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2.45PM - 3.45PM

Venue: Oscars, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

Join us for a demonstration of Ikebana, the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement, with expert Deborah Hathorn. Ikebana dates from the introduction of Buddhism to Japan (550AD) when arrangements were used for spiritual purposes only.   The first rules of ikebana were drawn up by the Ikenobo School  in the 15th and 16th century.   Traditional, classical ikebana continued to exist but gradually ikebana was practised and enjoyed as an aesthetic art form in its own right.   In the late 19th and early 20th century many modern schools of ikebana were founded.   Classical ikebana was not forgotten, but new ideas took hold leading to innovative, avant garde arranging.

Deborah Hathorn qualified as a teacher of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in 1975 attaining the highest degree of ‘Riji’ in 2002.   She has taught and exhibited in Japan, Europe, North America and Southern Africa and is currently Chair of the Edinburgh Sogetsu Study Group.   She is an RHS Gold Medalist and was awarded the Sogetsu International Award in 2002, the 80th Anniversary Sofu Centennial Commemorative Award in 2007 and a Special Commendation from the Consul General of Japan in 2010.

This event is part of the University of Stirling's Japan Week 2016 and is open to staff, students and the wider community.  It is a free event, but places are limited and should be booked in advance via the online shop.


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