Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration by Jennie Sterling
Location: University of MA-Waltham Center, 240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452
Date: December 1, 2009
Mrs. Jennie Sterling presented a dynamic Sogetsu demonstration at the December 1, 2009 general meeting of the I.I. Boston Chapter #17.

Mrs. Sterling began her Ikebana studies in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and has lived and studied in Melbourne, Australia, Taiwan, Michigan and Florida in the USA, Johannesberg, South Africa and presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. In Johannesberg she was director of the Sogetsu School for seven years, a Sogetsu teacher for 20 years and president of I.I. Johannesberg for nine years. She was awarded Riji, the esteemed highest level degree in the Sogetsu School.

Jennie completed ten imaginative arrangements, emphasizing subjects from the new Sogetsu textbooks, they included horizontal composition, intertwining, two or more containers, colors in contrast, and repeating similar forms or shapes. Mrs. Sterling's enthusiasm and creativeness exemplified her philosophy that one should have fun with flowers.

The enthusiasm continued into the next morning as attendees gathered for a Sogetsu workshop conducted by Mrs. Sterling. The updated concept of horizontal line was the theme, with Jennie first making three exemplary arrangements using this technique. Each attendee then made a horizontal arrangement in either nagiere or moribana style. A critique followed with everyone feeling delighted to have had the opportunity to attend this workshop