Friday, May 16, 2014
IKEBANA AROUND THE WORLD
Heida Bruce, Ikenobo; Setsuko Iwami, Ohara; Gloria Lee, Sogetsu;
and Luciana Mazzola, Wafu
This program focuses on the international character of Ikebana International, represented by four members of different ikebana schools in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Heida Bruce is a member of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana. She began her studies 45 years ago, earned her teaching certificate, and is now an Ikenobo professor. Family and career activity sidelined her ikebana studies for many years but with retirement from the financial corporate world and encouragement from her husband, Heida reconnected with ikebana. She now studies with Shuji Ikeda. She is a devoted gardener, having developed a half acre area from a dry and neglected hillside to a flourishing garden with ikebana materials. She also finds time to serve as a member of the Auxiliary Executive Board of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums and volunteers at Childrens Hospital in Oakland.
Setsuko Kosetsu Iwami was born in Kyoto and studied ikebana there for five years before moving to the Bay Area. For the last two decades she has studied Ohara School ikebana and holds the Teachers Certificate, 3rd Term Master. She currently studies with Ms. Suiko Maruyama. She is Workshop Co-Chair of the Ohara Ikebana School, Northern California Chapter and also is a member of the North America Ohara Teachers Association, I.I., and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She exhibits often at Bay Area flower shows. Setsuko also practices the Way of Tea with Omotesenke and is Assistant Administrative Secretary for the Omotesenke Domonkai Northern California Region. She also works as a senior technical translater/interpreter at Nikon Research Corporation of America in Belmont.
Gloria Yokusei Lee began ikebana lessons when she was in college. In 2007 she received her Sogetsu Teacher Certificate and her flower name. She now holds Sogetsu’s Sanyo (2nd) degree. She is an active member of the Sogetsu San Jose South Bay Branch, Ikebana Teachers Federation, and recently served as Corresponding Secretary for I.I. San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She has demonstrated and exhibited arrangements in Sogetsu flower shows, for Ikebana International, at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, Filoli Gardens, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and the Triton Museum on Santa Clara, and many other venues. Gloria enjoys traveling, visiting museums, movies, dancing and photography.
Luciana Mazzola will interpret her native Italy in ikebana when she demonstrates Wafu School ikebana this month. Beginning her studies of Wafukai in 1991, for more than two decades she has continued to study with Sensei Fusako Hoyrup. Luciana has received Wafukai’s Sanyo Teaching Certificate. She has exhibited in many flower shows including those of Ikebana International’s Biennial, the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival’s exhibit by the Ikebana Teachers Federation, and in Wafukai’s shows in Cupertino.