Louise is a British/Australian ikebana artist who currently lives in Waterloo, Belgium. Her 25-year ikebana journey has spanned across Belgium, Japan, Australia, and Spain.
Louise commenced studying Sogetsu ikebana in 1998, while living in Japan. She studied under the guidance of Yoka Hosono-sensei, a Master Instructor at Sogetsu Headquarters, and was awarded her Sogetsu Ikebana Teacher’s Certificate in 2000, by the former Iemoto of the Sogetsu School, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
In her endeavour to forge global ikebana ties, Louise has been presented workshops in New York City, Canberra (Australia), Madrid, Paris, Belgium, and the Netherlands. She regularly commutes between Belgium and Spain, to teach ikebana, not only to her own students, but also for the Madrid Flower School’s Professional Floristry Program, as their Principal Ikebana Teacher.
Louise is passionate about teaching ikebana to children. She uses her longstanding career in education, as a teacher and education program evaluator for the Australian Commonwealth Government, to promote ikebana to a younger generation. In 2021 she was awarded a bursary by the Ikebana Iwaya Fund to create a video on teaching ikebana to children.