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April 2021 Meeting

Susan Cano, originally from Boston, began her Ikebana studies in 1976 while living in Bangkok, Thailand. She is a Riji (First Grade), the highest teacher level, in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Susan served as President of I.I. Chapter #177 in Bangkok. She was a founding member and President of I.I. Chapter #228 in Mexico City. She also served as President of I.I. Chapter #131 in Miami, Florida. She was appointed Resolutions Chairperson to the 8th World Convention of Ikebana International Yokohama, Japan, March 2001. In May 2014, Susan was Registrar and Treasurer for the 17th Ikebana International NCAR Conference hosted by I.I. Asheville Chapter #74. Susan ended her second two-year term as President of the I.I. Asheville Chapter #74 in 2018. She has attended fourteen I.I. Conferences and five I.I. World Conventions exhibiting in all of them. She has given demonstrations and conducted workshops for numerous organizations in Mexico and the United States, including many I.I. chapters. She has participated in many exhibitions and has conducted numerous demonstrations and workshops for Ikebana International Chapter #228 in Mexico City, Chapter #131 in Miami, Florida and Chapter #74 in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is currently a member. In March 2001, Susan received in Tokyo the Foreigners Award from Iemoto (Head Mistress) Akane Teshigahara of the Sogetsu School. Susan’s work has been included in several books: Poetical Ikebana (2015), Ikebana Inspired by Emotion (2017), and Masterclass Ikebana (2020), all published by Stichting Kunstboek in Belgium. Susan teaches the Sogetsu curriculum in Hendersonville, NC. She welcomes new students. Also, she serves I.I. NCAR as Regional Advocate for the South Region.

The demonstration will be on “Focus on Color of the Container.” The essence of ikebana lies in the relationship between flowers and the container. When we do an arrangement, we normally think of the materials first, especially for new students. Focusing on the container first, new ideas of composition may come to mind. Susan Cano illustrates this concept several ways with over eight different creative arrangements. The color wheel and how colors contrast and harmonize impact the color of the container when selecting your materials. You will see how an arrangement is enhanced when shown in one color container versus another. Her arrangements alone are inspiring, but when you see how they change depending on the color of the container, you will be inspired to consider container color when selecting your materials and create even more beautiful designs. To view information on containers and materials of the arrangements, please see the link below.

Upcoming Meetings

May 16, 2021 at 10am via Zoom

Video on Ichiyo Ikebana by Elaine Jo on “Elevate Your Living Space with Ikebana”.

June 20, 2021 at 10am via Zoom

Video on Sogetsu Ikebana by Soho Sakai on “Unconventional Materials and Containers”


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