As is usually the case at this time of year, the meeting on the 9th April had the theme of a seasonal ikebana arrangement made in a basket. The demonstrator at the meeting was Aiko Nakada, the head of the Ohara School of Ikebana in Melbourne.
In this photo Mrs Nakada had just completed the arrangement and was explaining some of the particular details of the arrangement from the perspective of the Ohara School.
Here is her completed arrangement. The tall rectangular basket has a fine close-weave and the corners are reinforced by more sturdy bamboo strips which are also used for the handle.
The meeting was a significant one for all of the Melbourne members of the Ohara School in particular. Mrs Nakada will return to Japan in June having lived in Melbourne for the last 18 years. She has taught ikebana in this city for over 14 years and, as a committed member of Ikebana International, has contributed significantly to the Melbourne Chapter. She was presented with farewell gifts from the the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International among whom she counts many friends made over those years.
Senior members of the Ohara School, Melbourne Branch, left to right: Lyn Wong, Aiko Nakada, Judy Hajdu, Felicia Huang, Josephine Tan. Lyn Wong will assume the role as the next Head of School for the Ohara Branch in Melbourne.
Below are photos of the arrangements made by members of the Chapter at the meeting.
Lyn Wong, Ohara School
Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School
Christopher James, Sogetsu School
Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School
Felicia Huang, Ohara School
Josephine Tan, Ohara School
Judy Hajdu, Ohara School
Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School
Marcia Lamrock, Sogetsu School
Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School
Nicole MacDonald, Sogetsu School
Pat Hetrel, Sogetsu School
Bill Williams, Ikenobo School
Eugenia Chudacek , Sogetsu School
Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School
Lara Telford, Sogetsu School
Rachael Lok, Shogetsudo Koryu School
Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School
Trish Ward, Sogetsu School.