Ikebana teacher praised by Japanese MP for promoting art of flower arranging

Ursula Pagels with one of her Ikebana flower arrangements.
Ursula Pagels with one of her Ikebana flower arrangements.

JOONDALUP resident Ursula Pagels has received praise from the Japanese Foreign Minister for her flower arranging skills.

The Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association of WA director was one of 205 individuals worldwide to receive a commendation for the Japanese art of flower arrangement, called Ikebana.

Ms Pagels has taught and promoted the skill for several years in Perth, as well as exhibiting her creations at events such as the Perth Japan Festival.

She received praise for contributing to mutual understanding and the friendly relations between Japan and Australia. Ms Pagels also provides Ikebana displays for the Consulate-General of Japan’s receptions.

The WA branch of the Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association started in 1968 with 13 members and has remained active since then.

It holds regular classes, meetings, workshop and exhibitions.

Visit www.sogetsuikebanaperth.com for more information.