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.