A combined display was set up by the five Melbourne ikebana schools. Using geometric frames a series of arrangements created an autumn melody with the warm tones of Nandina, Chrysanthemum, Dancing Lady orchids playing against the muted harmony of dry branches and the dark containers.
The schools have many differences in technique and philosophy so that a joint enterprise such as this showcases goodwill and our commitment to 'friendship through flowers'.
From left to right the schools represented are : Ohara, Sogetsu, Ikenobo, Sogetsudokoryu and Ichiyo.
Another exhibit in the Shop Window section was by Chieko Yazaki (Shogetsudokoryu) who used traditional hexagonal weave bamboo panels from Japan.
Finally congratulations to Nici Thomson (Sogetsu)
A diary date
The next general meeting of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International will be held on April 8th at Toorak Uniting Church Hall, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak. The meeting proper will start at 10.30. but from 10 onwards there will be an opportunity to set up an arrangement to suit the season, favouring autumn grasses and leaves.