Each of our seven schools of ikebana will feature a demonstrator who has selected a favorite Haiku and will arrange ikebana to complement the verse. This program will set a high standard for future programs and all Chapter members are encouraged to attend, bring friends, and enjoy the combined arts of ikebana and Haiku. Here are the accomplished members who will create “Haiku in Blooms” for us.
Sandra Hatcher from Ikenobo Ikebana. She is Junkatoku, Senior Professor of Ikenobo. Studying Ikenobo since 1994, she has participated in study tours to Kyoto several times, and recipient of a prestigious Ikenobo scholarship. She is 1st Vice President of Ikenobo Ikebana Northern California Chapter.
Irene Jenkins studies Aratame ikebana with Sumi Metz, after earlier studies of Wafu-kai. Originally she was, and remains, a potter in addition to ikebana. She exhibits frequently for I.I. and has exhibited in Bouquets to Art at the De Young Museum. With a degree in Interior Design/Industrial Arts, she has worked at Hewlett Packard and Stanford University.
Dianne Krueger studied Enshu Ikebana for 16 years with Sakae Sakaki and earned her Intermediate Certificate in 2007. She exhibits at I.I. programs and has participated in the Chapter’s flower shows. With related interests in Japanese culture, Dianne also studies Reiki, a Japanese healing practice and Tai Chi Chih. She keeps busy with nearby grandchildren.
Gloria Lee holds Sogetsu’s Sanyo rank and studies with Kika Shibata. She teaches in Cupertino’s Quinlan Community Center and in her home. She has exhibited in many flower shows including I.I., Sogetsu San Jose South Bay Branch, Asian Art Museum, Filoli Gardens, and others. In May 2016 she demonstrated for I.I. Sacramento Chapter and I.I.’s Asian Convention in Taiwan in 2015.
Susan Okada has studied Wafu-kai with Fusako Hoyrup for two decades and was awarded the Sanyo degree in 2009. A Hawaii native, she holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from the University of Hawaii. She is active with Wafu Kai School, I.I., and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has participated is flower shows for all three organizations.
Christina Schuknecht began studying Chiko Ikebana in 2002 with Michiko Hosoda. She has exhibited in several I.I. flower shows. An accomplished photographer, Christina is the Chapter’s official photographer and provides images each month for its website. She also studies making Kimekomi dolls which often are used in Chiko arrangements.
Mitsuko Umemoto teaches Ohara Ikebana in El Cerrito and continues her study with Suiyo Fujimoto. She holds Ohara’s rank of 2nd Term Master. She has practiced Ohara Ikebana since 1976 and has participated in many flower shows including those at I.I., Asian Art Museum, and the Cherry Blossom Festival. Her hobbies include hiking in the Bay Area.