Sunday, 17 March 2019


The March meeting of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International was our official birthday meeting. The Chapter, which is now 60 years old, was founded by Norman Sparnon at an inaugural meeting on the 25th March l959 at Mr. and Mrs. Sparnon’s Brighton home. There were 24 inaugural members at that meeting. By the time the Melbourne Chapter was granted its charter (the first in the Southern Hemisphere) in September 1959 the membership had grown to 60. 

Initially the Chapter represented only the Sogetsu and Ikenobo Schools as, by the time he left Japan at the beginning of 1958, Mr Sparnon had been awarded the highest teaching rank in both of those schools. Today, five schools are represented among the active members of the Chapter. They are the: Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Shogetsudo-Koryu, Sogetsu and Ohara Schools. 

Being a birthday meeting, cake was on the agenda.

On the left is the President Trish Ward. Committee member Marjorie Campkin-Smith, who made the birthday cake, is seen here cutting it into pieces to share among the 47 members and guests. 

The ikebana theme for the meeting was, of course, 'Celebration'. Thea Sartori, a senior Sogetsu teacher and member of the chapter for many years, gave the demonstration. 

She used nandina from her own garden and asiatic lilies to which she added gold and silver mizuhiki. 

Below are ikebana arrangements made by members who attended the meeting.

 Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.

Helen Gray, Sogetsu School.

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo Koryu School.

Lyn Wong, Ohara School.

Aiko Nakada, Ohara School.

Felicia Huang, Ohara School.

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School.

Julie Ireland, Sogetsu School.

Janet Fonda, Sogetsu School. 

Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School.

Josephine Tan, Ohara School.

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School.

Akemi Suzuki, Sogetsu School.

Anne Conrick, Ohara School.  

Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudo Koryu School.

Betty Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Midori Nakajima, Sogetsu School.

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School.

Pat Hetrel, Sogetsu School.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Nicole Macdonald, Sogetsu School.

Thanks to Helen Marriott who took the above photographs.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Saturday, 16 February 2019


Our meeting room was bursting at the seams for our first meeting of 2019 with 48 attendees, including 5 visitors. The theme for the day was Sumi-e (ink brush painting). We were very fortunate to have Emi Kamataki, a highly skilled Melbourne based practitioner of this art form as our guest speaker. 

Ms Kamataki, presented a fascinating introductory talk about sumi-e which she illustrated by showing the equipment and materials necessary for the artist. In addition she showed examples of her own work as a means of explaining different styles and techniques.

Following the guest speaker an ikebana demonstration was given by Midori Nakajima that was inspired by the theme of sumi-e.

Her arrangement in a modern metal vase included tortuous willow, chrysanthemum, casuarina and man-made material (split bamboo matting)

A total of 18 members had prepared individual ikebana arrangements on the days theme which are shown below.

Julie Ireland

Felicia Huang

Jennie Stewart

Helen Marriott

Rachael Lok

Chieko Yazaki

Lee Johnstone

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Akemi Suzuki

Lara Telford

Josephine Tan

Anne Conrick

Margaret Wilson

Marjorie Campkin-Smith

Lyn Wong

Aiko Nakada 

Christopher James

Judy Hajdu

Sunday, 18 November 2018


The November meeting was the last for 2018 and was very well attended providing an opportunity to socialise before the long holidays at the end of the year. As has been our practice in the past, members also donated toys and money to the children's charity Cottage by the Sea. Members were also invited to donate ikebana vases they no longer use for sale at the meeting at a fixed price of $20.00. 

The theme for the meeting was to make a New Year arrangement. 

Our demonstrator was Rachael Lok from the Shogetsudo Koryu School. 

Below are arrangements made at the meeting by other Chapter members.

Lyn Wong.

Josephine Tan

Annie Connrick

Judy Hajdu

Beverley Webster

Helen Marriott

Marcia Lamrock

Lee Johnstone

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Toula Karanikolopoulos

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Lara Telford

Sally Wilkinson

On the 14th October the 'Sakura Picnic Day' event was held outdoors at the Cherry Grove in Banksia Park in the suburb of Bulleen. Click on the link to learn about the interesting history of the Cherry Grove. (

Three members of the Melbourne Chapter gave an ikebana demonstration, Jennie Stuart, Chieko Yazaki and Rachael Lok.

At the October meeting a demonstration of ikebana using mizuhiki was given. The photo of Toula Karanikolopoulos' ikebana was blurred and could not be published. Below is a photo of her arrangement provided by Toula.