Saturday, 15 June 2019

MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS


The meeting on Tuesday 11th June  was very well attended attracting forty three members. Our guest speaker this month was Caroline Davies, a Melbourne resident and the President of the of Mediterranean Garden Society. This is an international not for profit organisation, open to people who are interested in gardening in places with dry summers. Here is a link to their website: http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/about.html


Ms Davies gave an excellent illustrated talk about her experiences of gardens and environments in places with Mediterranean climates she has visited around the world. She also spoke of her own gardening in Melbourne with its dry hot summers.

The ikebana theme for the meeting: Mediterranean Gardens, led members to using plants from dryer places around the world or capturing a dry summer feeling with colour.



A demonstration was given by Toula Karanikolopoulos who used Agave as her principal material. Toula told us that the Agave is grown widely in Greece and is one of her favourite ikebana subjects. 



Here is Toula's completed work in which she has used Agave, Bougainvillea and peeping from the back on the left side, Geranium.  

Below are photos of other ikebana works made by members at the meeting.


Emily Karanikolopoulos.



Marcia Lamrock



Christopher James



Beverley Webster



Akemi Suzuki



Betty Karanikolopoulos



Chieko Yazaki



Felicia Huang and Josephine Tan



Greta Young



Helen Marriott



Elizabeth Angell



Marjorie Campkin-Smith



Rachel Lok



Sally Wilkinson



Wednesday, 15 May 2019

SATURDAY WORKSHOP


The workshop held on Saturday 11th May was attended by 25 members. Saturday workshops are important because a number of the members are not able to attend weekday meetings owing to their work or other commitments. 

The workshop was led by Emily Karanilolopoulos, a senior Sogetsu School teacher. The theme she set was, 'Make an ikebana that express a (particular type of) movement'. This idea is taken from the advanced curriculum of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana.


Emily explained the concept of the workshop theme and encouraged members to experiment with this unfamiliar topic. She also suggested that if the idea was too unfamiliar that the attendees should work within the ethos of their ikebana school.

She then presented four previously prepared examples which are shown in the photos below.


Example one represents the movement of crawling, like a caterpillar.




Example two represented a person playing with a hoola hoop.



Example three represented the activity of fencing with swords.




Example four represented the flowing movement of water.

The photos below are of ikebana works made by the workshop participants. Unfortunately the movement represented by each of the arrangements was not able to be recorded at the time. That gives you a chance to make your own interpretations for them.


Lucy Papas, Sogetsu School



Thea Sartori, Sogetsu School




Dianne Zaviska, Sogetsu School
  
 

Aiko Nakada, Ohara School
  

Akemi Suzuki, Sogetsu School
  

Giselle Kett, Shogetsudo Koryu School


Greta Young, Sogetsu School


Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo School


Christopher James, Sogetsu School 



Ivy Loo, Ohara School


Janette Fonda, Sogetsu School


Josephine Tan, Ohara School


Judy Hajdu, Ohara School 
  

Julie Ireland, Sogetsu School


Kim Ng, Ohara School


Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School


Lyn Wong, Ohara School


Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School


Marjorie Campkin-smith, Sogetsu School


Nicole MacDonald, Sogetsu School


Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo Koryu School
  

Swan Lam,  Sogetsu School



Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School


Trish Ward, Sogetsu School

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

AUTUMN IN A BASKET


As is usually the case at this time of year, the meeting on the 9th April had the theme of a seasonal ikebana arrangement made in a basket. The demonstrator at the meeting was Aiko Nakada, the head of the Ohara School of Ikebana in Melbourne.


In this photo Mrs Nakada had just completed the arrangement and was explaining some of the particular details of the arrangement from the perspective of the Ohara School.


Here is her completed arrangement. The tall rectangular basket has a fine close-weave and the corners are reinforced by more sturdy bamboo strips which are also used for the handle.


The meeting was a significant one for all of the Melbourne members of the Ohara School in particular. Mrs Nakada will return to Japan in June having lived in Melbourne for the last 18 years. She has taught ikebana in this city for over 14 years and, as a committed member of Ikebana International, has contributed significantly to the Melbourne Chapter. She was presented with farewell gifts from the the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International among whom she counts many friends made over those years.


Senior members of the Ohara School, Melbourne Branch, left to right: Lyn Wong, Aiko Nakada, Judy Hajdu, Felicia Huang, Josephine Tan. Lyn Wong will assume the role as the next Head of School for the Ohara Branch in Melbourne. 

Below are photos of the arrangements made by members of the Chapter at the meeting.


Lyn Wong, Ohara School


Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School


Christopher James, Sogetsu School


Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School


Felicia Huang, Ohara School


Josephine Tan, Ohara School


Judy Hajdu, Ohara School


Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School


Marcia Lamrock, Sogetsu School


Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School


Nicole MacDonald, Sogetsu School


Pat Hetrel, Sogetsu School


Bill Williams, Ikenobo School


Eugenia Chudacek , Sogetsu School


Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School


Lara Telford, Sogetsu School


Rachael Lok, Shogetsudo Koryu School


Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School


Trish Ward, Sogetsu School.