Floral Art Demonstration at AIFD Symposium 2011

Natasha Lisitsa demonstrated floral art in ‘Exuberant Floral Art on a Large Scale’. Natasha studied Sogetsu, a free and creative style of Ikebana. Then she developed¬† her own style, a fusion of Eastern and Western design. Her company Waterlily Pond Floral Design Studio is based in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work at the […]

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Inspiration in Sogetsu at AIFD Symposium 2011

Another interesting presentation at AIFD Symposium 2011 was that of Soho Sakai AIFD. A practitioner of the Japanese art and discipline of Ikebana since 1957, she currently teaches and demonstrates in the San Francisco Bay area, and mentors the Soho Sogetsu Study Group. Her presentation “Inspiration in Sogetsu” was indeed an inspiration. Sogetsu is the […]

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Design Presentation at AIFD Symposium 2011

One of the design seminars was presented by Rene Van Rems, ‘Designing through the Centuries’. Rene covered period design from western regions of the world:¬† Britain, Germany, Italy, Holland, France and USA. Here are a few examples of his work: Rene travelled through history right up to modern and contemporary design. Here is an example […]

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AIFD San Francisco Flower Market Tour

At 6:30am we were on a bus trip to the San Francisco Flower Market. Greeted with fresh coffee and donuts, we meandered through¬† Brannan Street Wholesale Flowers and many other vendors taking in the visual feast. It was the floral equivalent of being a kid in a candy store. Throughout the market J Schwanke AIFD […]

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San Francisco Touristing

My second day at the AIFD Symposium was a tourist day. After perusing the ‘must see’ brochures, I decided to take a walking tour of Haight/Ashbury, the hippie mecca of the 60s. Stan, the tour guide was a walking encyclopedia. Everyone we passed seemed to know him, there was a real community feeling in this […]

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