Book 5 Lesson 23 The Fifty Principles of Sogetsu Ikebana

Posted: 31 August 2017 ()

Written by Sandy Marker

Remember studying Book 1? One for the first things I read when I got my new textbook was the Fifty Principles of Sogetsu page 127.

I must confess I did not read it again until I started teaching then realised it is something I (we) should review it on a regular basis. A lot of the ‘principles’ learned/taught through the study of the four textbooks gradually becomes ingrained in our memories and methods of creating arrangements. This does not mean we should not review the ‘Principles’ on a regular basis

Spending a lesson creating arrangements from this lesson theme, we soon realise that some of the principles are made up of rules, methods and philosophies. Studying the ‘principles’ closely we see they often contain more than just one point. An example of this is #24 – fixing branches, consideration to front an back of leaves plus paying attention to the base of your work. Do you reflect on one or two of the points or all aspects? I think as an artist we can make the choice but be true to the principles on a whole.