This year, the 60th anniversary of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International, has been a very busy one with many activities in addition to the monthly meetings and workshops. Some of these have been on a smaller scale involving fewer members but still presenting the art of Ikebana and promoting the activities of the Melbourne Chapter.
Most recently, following the interest created by the members' workshop during the the Chapter visit to the Ripponlea Estate, we were invited to exhibit in the mansion to support the Botanica Festival on Sunday 20th October. This is a garden and sustainability festival that attracted 1,600 attendees to Ripponlea. Ten ikebana works were displayed in selected locations within the mansion. These were domestic scaled works that brought the fresh life of ikebana to both reception and private rooms.
Table in the Entrance Hall. Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo koryu School.
Side table in the Drawing Room. Felicia Huang, Ohara School.
Circular Table in the Drawing Room. Yukako Braun, Ikenobo School.
Small Table in the Conservatory. Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School.
Table in the Sitting room. Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Sogetsu School.
Side table in the Sitting Room. Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo School.
Hall-table opposite the foot of the main staircase. Katrina Cunningham, Ichiyo School.
Table beside the main staircase. Josephine Tan, Ohara School.
Carved stone pedestal in Master Bedroom ensuite bathroom. Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.
Breakfast table in Master Bedroom. Trish Ward, Sogetsu School.
Editors note: This photograph is taken from the back of the arrangement for the purpose of showing the work in the context of the room.