© Aya Sugino Ikebana
Tulips, curry branch, ostrich feather, and gently used bird nest
Aya Sugino is an Ikebana artist, born in Japan, and based in Toronto, where she has been teaching Ikebana since 2010 and also working as an interior designer.
Aya blended her Ikebana skills with her experience as an interior designer, bringing about a perfect marriage of her two passions. She puts emphasis on teaching and on the joy and wonder of creation. Aya is a certified teacher from Sogetsu Ikebana School in Tokyo and holds the rank of Teacher’s Diploma 1st grade Somu. Aya is an active teaching member of the Sogetsu Ikebana Teachers’ Association.
"I love what I do and it makes me so happy to be able to share my passion with others. Since starting as a certified Ikebana teacher, I’ve been privileged to see so many students discover their natural skills and abilities. Communication through flowers brings smiles to both ikebanists and viewers."