Ellen Gordon Allen Annual Lecture/Demonstration by Joan Fairs, Master Instructor of the Sangetsu School of Ikebana
In November, our Ellen Gordon Allen (EGA) program featured Joan Fairs, a Sangetsu Master Instructor, from Vancouver, Canada. She has studied in Japan, Tucson, AZ, Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver. In addition to teaching Sangetsu Ikebana, Joan has demonstrated and exhibited in a variety of venues as well as providing Ikebana arrangements for heads of state at an international conference.
Joan has been practicing Ikebana for over 40 years. She first took up it up at the suggestion of her step-mother who suggested she might enjoy arranging fresh flowers in a natural Japanese style. Indeed, she did enjoy it, so she continued studying and became an instructor in 1995. She attained the top designation of Master Instructor in 2013. She is also a member of the Sangetsu Directive Council and has been President of the Vancouver Ikebana Association three times.
Along the way, Joan also studied Commercial Floristry at Kwantlen University and enjoys providing florals for weddings and special events.
In her delightful IOR Program entitled “Ikebana Around the House,” Joan presented seven charming tabletop designs suitable for the home in containers ranging from a basket to unique containers created by Helena Arouca. We were also fortunate to have assisting Mary Jane Sasser, a Sangetsu teacher who presented a program to IOR in 2022.
Joan Fairs Workshop Planes and Mass
After the wonderful Sangetsu program, Joan Fairs taught participants how to arrange a moribana design using chrysanthemums, fancy fern and solidago. Energized by Joan’s thoughtful presentation, every one went to work with delight and put their creativity to work. The day ended with smiles all around.