Biography of Nancy “Sorin” Locke
With more than 20 years of ikebana experience, Ms. Locke has earned advanced teaching certificates from two schools of ikebana — Sogetsu and Wafu – giving her a strong background in contemporary design theory and technique. In 2016, she was promoted to Somu rank in Sogetsu School.
Nancy has been teaching ikebana in the San Francisco Peninsula area since 1998. Combining her expertise in ikebana design with her enjoyment of horticulture and gardening, she inspires her students to create beautiful fresh arrangements and to see floral materials with “fresh eyes.”
She is a member of the worldwide Sogetsu Teachers Association and the local Soho Study Group. For 10 years, she has been a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Ikebana International.
Nancy’s arrangements are exhibited bi-monthly at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. She exhibits regularly in the Ikebana International shows in San Francisco and the Filoli Spring Flower Show in Woodside. Her designs have been displayed at the Bouquets to Art show in San Francisco, the Presidio Officers’ Club in San Francisco, and at the biennial Wafukai Flower Shows in Cupertino. She has done demonstrations at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown, for Ikebana International San Francisco and Sacramento chapters, the Interior Design Department at Canada College in Redwood City, the Wafukai Ikebana Society in Cupertino, the San Mateo Arboretum Society, and for various social and garden clubs.
“Sorin” is her Sogetsu School of Ikebana ‘flower name.’ It translates as ‘Forever Renewed Sparkle.’