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2018/11/08

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Vol. 101: Special Lectures at Joshibi University of Art and Design

I am sorry that I have not updated this blog for a long time! It has been a while since my last post!

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I was invited again by the Joshibi University of Art and Design where I served as a visiting professor for three years until last year and gave a special lecture to 20 junior students in the Field of Fashion and Textile in the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design.

Professor Takehiko Sanada, who is also a textile artist, kindly offered this project to me and said, “Just giving a lecture is fine. Take it easy.”  

However, this is a very precious opportunity where the students can experience ikebana, so I decided to show a demonstration of a small work and have the students arrange a miniature ikebana work, starting by making a vase, in addition to a lecture using slides. 

In this class, I let them create freely, apart from following the rules of “Miniature Ikebana” explained in Sogetsu Textbook 5.

 

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First, I gave a simple lecture about ikebana and did the demonstration of a small work using seasonal flower materials.


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Next, I introduced some works of successive Iemotos using slides.


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Then, the Atelier staff explained how to use the materials to create containers, such as Oyumaru and wires.

 

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Now it’s down to work. 

Some students use their hands without saying a word, others work while chatting with friends. Their expressions completely changed from when they listened to my lecture, and their faces shone brightly. 

 

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Small universes radiating their individual personalities were completed! 

Since they are art university students, their use of colors and constructions were superb! 

 

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Closely look at the plants and find their beauty and wonder.
Produce a container using your own creativity.
Create your own small universe in which your personality is reflected. 

Although it was a short time, I believe that they were able to discover the joy of interacting with plants. 

 

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Three hours passed in a flash. I was also greatly inspired by the sensitivity of young people. 

Prof. Sanada and other teachers of Joshibi University of Art and Design as well as those who participated in my special lecture, thank you very much!!

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