Saturday, 22 April 2017

From the IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL 11th WORLD CONVENTION

The 11th World Convention of Ikebana International was held in Okinawa from 12th to 17th April 2017. Among the events were demonstrations by the Iemotos of seven ikebana schools. Below are the final stage presentations of three of them. 


Ohara School





Ichiyo School




Sogetsu School


The next group of photos are the large scale arrangements in the exhibition hall representing some of the schools.



 Ohara School





Ikenobo School





Ichiyo School




Sogetsu School


Some members of the Melbourne Chapter participated in the exhibition at the Convention and their arrangements are shown below.



President Chieko Yazaki.



Vice President Christopher James




Elizabeth Angell 




Emily Karanikolopoulos

Emily Karanikolopoulos was also invited to be one of eight  members from around the world, who were asked to give a demonstration in the main hall.


This is what the main Exhibition Hall looked like at the welcoming dinner.


Emily was assisted by Eugenia Chudacek, also from the Melbourne Chapter. The audience included members of the Imperial family. 





Looking very focused and relaxed, Emily is arranging bird's nest fern and allium. 




This is Emily's finished work. Her second piece is below. 





The requirement was to make an arrangement in a glass vessel. Emily used native Australian, acacia aphylla, from her own garden and purple calla lilies.




Kazuko Yano, here with Emily, was a previously a member of the Melbourne Chapter, where she is warmly remembered. Kazuko was the M.C. at the demonstrations by individual members. 






Tuesday, 18 April 2017

APRIL 2017

At the meeting on 11th April the theme was 'Autumn in a basket'. A demonstration was given by Lara Telford, which was followed by a workshop. Lara presented several arrangements on this theme, including using fruiting branches.


 Lara arranging cumquat in an unusual bottle shaped basket.

My apologies if the arrangements below are incorrectly identified, as I am creating this posting while in Japan. Christopher, Webmaster.


 Lara Telford



Lara Telford



Lara Telford


Lara Telford


 Lara Telford





The members at work during the workshop. Below are photos of some of the members' completed arrangements.




 Toula Karanikolopoulos




 Sally Wilkinson





 Rosemary Farrelly





Aiko Nakada





Judy Hajdu





 Student of Aiko Nakada (?).







Olive Cheng




Nichole MacDonald




Marcia Lamrock




Margaret Wilson




Lee Johnstone




Beverley Webster




Julie Ireland




Emily (visitor)




Trish Ward




Robyn Unglik




Wednesday, 15 March 2017

MARCH 2017

At the meeting held on Tuesday 14th March the Melbourne Chapter celebrated its 58th birthday. President Chieko Yazaki reminded members of the founding of the Chapter in 1959 by Norman Sparnon who had returned from Japan to Australia in the early 1950's. He was keen to establish chapters of Ikebana International to spread the message of peace through the art of ikebana. 


Marjorie Campkin-Smith made a delicious cake for the members and visitors to share.

Our guest of Honour was our patron Ms Keiko Haneda the Consul-General of Japan. Ms Haneda, who is shortly to finish her term in Melbourne, has been a generous supporter of our branch. She spoke to the members about her experiences and responsibilities in her professional role during the last three years and said she will miss the friendliness and multicultural nature of Melbourne.

At the beginning of the meeting a brief talk about the life of our longstanding member Rosemary Farrelly, was presented to the members by Judy Hajdu.


Left to right: President Chieko Yazaki, Consul-General of Japan Ms Keiko Haneda and member Rosemary Farrelly.



Aiko Nakada gave demonstration of Rimpa style Autumn arrangement. The finished work is shown above.

Below are photos of arrangements made by members on an 'International' theme, representing one (or more) countries.


Lee Johnstone



Olive Cheng


Elizabeth Angell


Marjorie Campkin-Smith


Sally Wilkinson


Margaret Wilson


Christopher James


Pat Hetrel


Chieko Yazaki


Toula Karanikolopoulos


Beverley Webster 


Lara Telford