Tuesday, 26 August 2014


In the evening of Tuesday 12th August 35 members and friends celebrated the opening of the annual exhibition at the Gasworks Arts Park in South Melbourne by Mr Yuji Furukawa a Consul from the office of the Consul General to Victoria.  

Mr Fukuwara and Mrs Helen Gray (I.I. Melbourne Chapter 29 President)

Members from the five schools of Ikebana International participated in the exhibition that took place in two exhibition spaces at the Centre. Below are three photos of ikebana works from the exhibition. 

On Sunday 24th a class for children was lead by Lara Telford. Ten young people enthusiastically created ikebana from an unexpected variety of vegetables, flowers and pasta! You can see their pleasure on their faces.

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Saturday, 16 August 2014


At the meeting on 12th August members created arrangements using willow with traditional and modern interpretations.

Demonstrations were given by the Shogetsudokoryu, Ohara and Sogetsu Heads of School.
Below Chieko Yazaki (Shogetsudokoryu) and Elizabeth Angell (Sogetsu).

This is Aiko Nakada (Ohara) who used silver painted willow, dancing lady orchid and irises.

The photos below are of the finished demonstration works. First the Shogetsudokoryu school...

... the Sogetsu School...

...and the Ohara School.

This occasion was also the Annual General Meeting of the Chapter. In her report the President Helen Gray thanked the many members who created arrangements at the monthly meetings. She also thanked Sally Wilkinson who manages the Chapters' financial dealings, the website and keeps the member list. Special thanks to Jennie Stuart for her management of the Blog over the past two years.

Highlights of the year included:

- Annual Exhibition last September 2013 at Gasworks Arts Park Albert Park. Thea Sartori (Exhibition Coordinator) was interviewed on local radio which brought an influx of young people to see the show.

- Melbourne Now at the NGV: on December 16th 2013, all five Schools took part in a new summer program, with live ikebana demonstrations and performances.

- Maree Ong was Exhibition Coordinator working with Heads of Schools to set up a joint exhibit in April 2014 for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. All five Schools demonstrated.

- Last weekend (August 3rd 2014) the five Schools set up floral exhibits at St Michael’s Church in Collins Street in memory of Hiroshima Day.

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Additional Photos from the meeting and President's Annual Report.

Don't forget:

September 2014 Professor Hirotaka Furukawa will be visiting from Ikenobo headquarters. 

He will give a demonstration on Thursday 4th Sptember from 7 - 9.30 pm in the ballroom at Rippon Lea, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick. $25

On Saturday 6th September he will run an Ikenobo free-styleworkshop at the Tivoli German Club, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor. All ikebana practitioners are welcome, $20

Contact ikenobo.melbournevictoria@yahoo.com.au for further details and to book.