Monday, 28 October 2013

IKENOBO News and SOGETSU events


"Soul of Ikebana"

From Wednesday 13th November until Friday 15th November

At St Kilda Town Hall auditorium (Melway 2PF9)
8.30 am  -  5 pm
Contact :

The exhibition is part of the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the partnership between the City of Port Phillip and the city of Obu in Japan. 
There will also be a series of free cultural workshops on Wednesday 13 November between 10 am and 12 noon. Ikebana, Origami, Manga, Tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy. Bookings are essential.
 For more information: 03 9209 6838 or

Shimputai rikka arrangement by Mrs Yukako Braun ( Photo by Mrs Yuki  Kojima)

Sogetsu events

At the Sherbrooke Art Gallery in the Dandenong Ranges between 12 and 17 October 2013 several Sogetsu school members mounted an exhibition of their work. This year the native waratah,Telopea speciosissima has been spectacular and several arrangements featured this.

Mr Yoshiro Umemura, visiting from Sydney, conducted another exciting, and challenging, workshop for teachers and Sogetsu members on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October

 Workshop themes 

1. Free style using only Gymea leaves and Monstera leaves
2.Disassembling and rearranging materials
3. Composition featuring straight and curved lines

There is a more extensive range of photos from the workshops on the Sogetsu website

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

CHABANA - tea flowers


Spring continues to be busy!

A Sogetsu ikebana exhibition at the Sherbrooke Arts Society, 62 Monbulk Road, Belgrave from 12th -16th October, 2013 as part of the Spring Art Show. Ph: 9754 4264

An exhibition of botanical art in dialogue with Sogetsu ikebana from 4 October until 4 November 2103, upstairs at 51 McKillop Street, Geelong, 10am - 4pm daily.
Contact: 0401 160 430

At the general meeting on Tuesday October 8th there was an array of fresh Spring arrangements. The art of Chabana, or arranging flowers to harmonize with the tea ceremony, was explored. Some suggestions were :
-that the flowers selected should not be strongly scented;
-that the container should not be unduly imposing - a simple container is preferable;
-that according to traditional there are two elements, the first set towards the guest and the second towards the tea master or host;
-that arranging the material is kept to a minimum: ideally the flowers are 'arranged' while being collected and then simply placed into the container;
- that it is not appropriate to use a kenzan although a wide-mouthed container may need a simple cross-strut to help maintain a pleasing position.

Three arrangements by Thea Sartori, Sogetsu teacher, who led the workshop.

 A beautiful, glowing lacquer ware container based on a design many centuries old.

A simple bamboo container with roadside grass, including an unopened bud (hidden from view), as a symbol of hope and opportunity

      An arrangment with the Australian native, Dryandra, some seed capsules and plantain grass

                       Eiko Roskam and Kyoko Kamakura provided tea and Japanese delicacies.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hanami Day and the Annual Exhibition of Ikebana International

Hanami... the Japanese tradition of cherry blossom viewing, 
More than 16,000 people came to the National Rhododendron Garden in Olinda this year for Hanami Day. Although the cherry blossom itself was late the gardens were a riot of colour.jn the Spring sunshine.And there was japanese drumming, koto music, sumie, calligraphy, origami, and ikebana. What a bonanza! If you missed the occasion mark your diaries for September next year. Perhaps even consider participating?