"Locomotive" by Teshigahara Sofu, 1954.
Finally, Teshigahara Sofu is being acknowledged in the Western world for the younger generation. Issues of "The Plant" magazine with an extensive and well written story on Sofu's creative spirit by @lorena_munoz_alonso will be available for purchase shortly. “Go ahead and create a false appearance; the appearance will become the reality. False appearances require creativity, and ikebana without creativity is worthless.” Sofu Teshigahara, The Book of Flowers (Kadensho)
Image from @ikebana.sogetsu archives for @theplantmagazine
‘Sofu Teshigahara, The Man Who Turned Flowers into Contemporary Art’ a story written by @lorena_munoz_alonso with photographs by @ana__cuba and @ikebana.sogetsu archive for The Plant issue 12
“Go ahead and create a false appearance; the appearance will become the reality. False appearances require creativity, and ikebana without creativity is worthless.” Sofu Teshigahara, The Book of Flowers (pp. 20 & 8)
As the renowned Sogetsu School of Ikebana celebrates its 90th anniversary, we delve into the life and work of the man who founded it – an avant-garde artist and tireless experimenter that changed ikebana forever
‘Sofu Teshigahara, The Man Who Turned Flowers into Contemporary Art’ a story written by @lorena_munoz_alonso with photographs by @ana__cuba and @ikebana.sogetsu archive .
What a privilege to attend Julie Jensen’s, Ikebana class today. Definitely one of the best class I have had the pleasure of attending without any numbers and science included🤣. I have enjoyed and learned so much for 2 hours and I’m so looking forward to making my very first masterpiece haha..let’s see🌷🌹☘️🌿🌵🌾🌼🌻🌸
“IKEBANA is not just about sticking a flower into a vase. It is about the LOVE and NEED of the artist to create beautiful forms. IKEBANA is not about flowers its about the person who arranges them”
-Sofu Teshigara .
Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. The name comes from the Japanese ike, meaning ‘alive’ or ‘arrange’ and bana meaning ‘flower.’ The practice of using flowers as offerings in temples originated in the seventh century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan from China and Korea, but the formalized version of Ikebana didn’t begin until the Muromachi period around the 15th or 16th century. These arrangements have since become more secular, displayed as art forms in people’s homes. However, Ikebana is seen as more than just decorative, it is a spiritual process that helps one develop a closeness with nature and merge the indoors and outdoors.
Repost from our friends in Italy (@northernitalystudygroup). If you're able to go, please go in lieu of our absence. • 1960 JAPAN IN TURN - at the GAM, tribute to Sofu Teshigahara and the exhibition "Structures and Styles" from 23 September 2017 to 21 January 2018. • GAM Torino, Via Magenta, 31, Turin 10128 Torino TO, Italy
"#Ikebana is not just about sticking flowers into a vase: it is about the love and need of an artist to create beautiful forms...Ikebana is not just about the flowers, it is #abouttheperson who arranges them"
"이케바나는 단지 꽃을 꽂는 행위가 아니다: 그것은 아름다운 형태를 창조하려는 예술가의 욕구와 애정을 의미하며...이케바나는 꽃에 대한 것이라기보다, 그 꽃들을 조화롭게 배열하는 #사람그자체다 .”
내가 접해보고 느낀 얕은 경험이지만, 일본 문화 속에서는 참 많은 것들에 '도'를 붙여 진지하고 철저하게 파고드는 '#덕후 ' 기질이 있고 그로 인해 경지에 이르는 놀라운 것들이 참 많은 것 같다. 특히 무엇이든 과정 자체를 겪는 사람의 '정신성'을 중시하기 때문에 꽃꽂이 예술인 '이케바나(いけばな) 역시 '화도(華道, かどう)라 부른다고. 암튼 전에 이케바나에 대한 얘기를 어디서 읽고서 이 프리츠 한센에서 새로이 내놓은 'Ikebana' 신상 꽃병을 보았을 때 나는 무릎을 탁 치며! 그렇다면 따로 이케바나를 배우지 않아도 저 구멍들 덕분에 스스슥 근사한 작품처럼 완성할 수 있는 거구나! 라고 속단, 한동안 벼르다가 이번에 신나게 구매했다. (실제로 #fritzhansen#ikebana 해시태그에는 이 꽃병 하나로 어찌나 근사하게 꽃을 꽂아댄 자들만 가득하더냐..)
암튼 엊그제 지은이 결혼식장에서 득템한 꽃 더미 앞에서 느낀건- 암만 이 꽃병이 있다한들, 그냥 조금 더 꽂아넣기 용이하게 구멍이 나 있는 화기일뿐! 당연한 거지만 손쉽게 이르를 이케바나의 경지는 커녕 꽃을 조화롭게 배열하기위해 거쳐야할 내 정신적 수양 자체가 접싯물 정도의 얕음임을 느끼고 혼자 대실망!!
요튼 결과는, 이 꽃병이 마법같은 꽃꽂이를 해주는건 아니더라, '꽃을 배우는 값이 굳었다'면서 #무식하게 사면 안된다는 것이죠 ㅋㅋㅋ 아..
여튼 나의 첫 이케바나(?)스무리한 것과
소후 테시하가라의 초현실적인 작품들-
@auralynnnguyen found a rare book from 1933 (only five years after Sogetsuryu was established) that has illustrations of arrangements by founder Sofu Teshigahara. Included is commentary by the famous Japanese landscape architect, Mirei Shigemori. While Sofu was reinventing ikebana for the modern age, Shigemori was doing the same with the Japanese garden.
Some information and sketches are on the blog post. Please check if you would like to see what Sogetsu was like in its beginning. Link on profile.
One of the things about the Sogetsu school that we admire is when its founder Sōfu Teshigahara decided to leave the interior and into the woods to search for the most natural forms. In the 1920s, it is a radical act to perform Ikebana outdoor and to arrange without a container. His resulted sculptural forms has stayed with the Sogetsu school ever since. This image is taken during our first attempt to experience Teshigahara's creative process 🏞 #勅使河原蒼風#SogetsuSchool#Ikebana#SofuTeshigahara#botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc#flowerarranging