About Aileen Duke

Practising Ikebana under her official Japanese teaching name, Shoto, Aileen is a qualified Sogetsu Ikebana teacher with a background in teaching art and information technologies.
In 2018, she won the international online Ikebana Gallery Award in both Overall and People's Choice categories. In 2016, Shoto's essay 'Ikebana: Respecting the Past, Expressing the Future' was published in the International Journal of Ikebana Studies.
"Sharing my love of ikebana is such a joyful experience. Working with people who love flowers, love Japan or are simply curious about learning gives me great satisfaction. The creative, meditative and mindful aspects of Japanese flower arrangement provide a fantastic counter-balance to our busy lives, and bring beauty into our hearts, minds and homes," says Shoto.