Naoko Bliss, born in Fukuoka, Japan, has been practicing the art of Japanese flower arrangement, “Ikebana”, since 1970. She received a Teacher’s Diploma from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in 1977 and currently holds the third highest Sogetsu rank, JONIN SOMU. She is a member of the Sogetsu Teachers’ Association of Tokyo, and also a member of Ikebana International Chapter #95, Colorado Springs, CO.
Naoko came to the United States in 1988 and worked as a floral designer in Sumter, SC. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1991, and worked as a floral designer there, as well.
One of her Ikebana arrangements was displayed at the opening ceremony for the “Madame Butterfly” performances at the Pikes Peak Center. She also presented individual Ikebana demonstrations at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Pikes Peak Region East Library in the past.
Materials to bring to the workshop:
Ikebana Vases (Moribana & Nageire Vases)*
Kenzan – Ikebana Frog (3” - 3 ½")**
Ikebana Scissors, or Gardening Clippers
Small Bowl (Cool Whip Tub works)
Wash cloth size Towel
Bucket (to hold Flowers)
*Prices for the Ikebana vases can be pricey ($25-$100).
You may be able to find alternative containers at a local Hobby Lobby.
** Some of the former students bought 3” – 3 ½” Kenzans through Amazon. ($15)
Any Kenzans smaller than the above size are not acceptable.
Please refer to the picture below for samples of Ikebana containers.