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

Saturday, 18 February 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

The guest speaker for the first meeting of 2017 was Tracy Bradford, an Art Therapist who works at the Toorak Uniting Church's, Kinross Art Centre. With an audience of 38 enthusiastic members paying close attention, she taught us the beginnings of how to 'weave' a basket using the 'coil' technique.


The experienced sewers among the group seemed to catch on to the task very quickly and were generous in their assistance to the novices at this exercise. 



It did not take long for the members to become totally absorbed in the creative process. 



Some of the members had prepared ikebana arrangements that responded to the concept of weaving materials. They are shown below with the name of member who created the work.



Lara Telford



Elizabeth Angell




Pat Hetrel




Toula Karanikolopoulos




Nicole MacDonald




Betty Karanikolopoulos




Emily Karanikolopoulos



Lee Johnstone




Thea Sartori




Chieko Yazaki




Margaret Wilson

14th February 2017

Sunday, 20 November 2016

8th NOVEMBER 2016

At the final meeting for 2016 our guest speaker was from the charity Cottage by the Sea which supports children who are disadvantaged. This is a charity that the Melbourne chapter has supported for the last several years. 

The demonstration was given by Lee Johnstone, from the Sogetsu School, who created a Christmas Ikebana. 


She used a spray of red calistemon viminalis, from her own garden, a dried branch lightly sprayed gold and some green mizukiki.


Other members also made Christmas arrangements which are shown below.



Marcia Lamrock



Margaret Wilson



Philip Keon



Elizabeth Angell



Betty Karanikolopoulos



Toula Karanikolopoulos



 Lara Telford



Chieko Yazaki