Saturday, 12 August 2017


On Tuesday 8th August the AGM was attended by 32 members, and our patron Yoko Matsunaga. Trish Ward was elected as the new President. The members thanked the retiring President, Chieko Yazaki for her two years of service and welcomed a new committee member, Margaret Wilson. Chieko has remained on the committee in the Japanese Liaison role.  

Here is your introduction to the new committee. Left to Right:
ChristopherJames, Chieko Yazaki, Sally Wilkinson, Rosemary Hordern, Trish Ward (President), Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Margaret Wilson.

Following the AGM a demonstration was given by four heads of schools and one representative.


Chieko Yazaki is the head of Shogetsudokoryu School.

Christopher James is the head of the Sogetsu School.

Yukako Braun is the head of the Ikenobo School.

Elishia Zhang represented the Ichiyo School.

Aiko Nakada is the head of the Ohara School.
Below are the arrangements created, within a ten minute time frame. Some preparation was required.


In addition to the arrangements above, some members had also set up ikebana arrangements to celebrate the AGM.

Lara Telford.

Felicia Huang

Pat Hetrel

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Toula Karanikolopoulos

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Margaret Wilson

Lee Johnstone

Beverly Webster

Trish Ward

Friday, 21 July 2017


On the 21st of June Chieko Yazaki, President and Christopher James, Vice-president of Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter, had the pleasure of meeting the new Consul-General of Japan Mr Matsunaga and Mrs Matsunaga. In the meeting both the Consul-General and Mrs Matsunaga agreed to become patrons of the Melbourne Chapter during their tenure in Melbourne.

In the Consul Generals office (left to right) Mrs Toyama Information and Culture, Ms Ishida Vice Consul, Mrs Matsunaga, Mr Matsunaga Consul-General of Japan, Mrs Yazaki President Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter, Mr James Vice-President Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter.

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The Chapter meeting on 15th July took the form of a Saturday afternoon workshop lead by Christopher James and was attended by 30 members and visitors. It being winter the workshop theme of 'Bare Branches' was appropriate for the season.

Christopher had prepared two examples on the theme and demonstrated a third.

This example was focusing on the shape of the branch as formed by the wind. A small group of green leaves gives the work a feeling of new life.

The second example focuses on the surface texture of the bare branch which is covered in yellow lichen.

The third example was a partially prepared 'no kenzan' arrangement of bare apricot branches in a suiban to which were added three tulips as a focus of colour. 

Below are some examples of work by members and visitors at the workshop.

Robyn Unglik

Helen Novic

Chieko Yazaki

Olive Cheng

Aiko Nakada

Lyn Wong


Lucy Papas

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Marcia Lamrock

Margaret Wilson

Lara Telford

Members were pleased to meet Mrs Matsunaga who, with her husband the Consul-General, are patrons of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International. 

(L - R) Christopher James, Yoko Matsunaga and Chieko Yazaki.

Saturday, 24 June 2017


At the June meeting members who had attended the Ikebana International Convention in Okinawa gave an presentation illustrated with 'slides' about their experiences. All spoke about the pleasure of sharing their passion for ikebana with people from around the world as well as other experiences of being in Japan.

Those who participated in the exhibition were invited to re-created their exhibition work.

Cheiko Yazaki re-created her ikebana in two white ceramic troughs.

Elizabeth Angel re-created her arrangement using flexible, easy to carry, man-made materials teamed with colour matched flowers.

Unfortunately I was unable to photograph Emily Karanikolopoulos' work on the day. 

The two photographs above, are the original works Emily created in the member's demonstration session, in the presence of their Imperial Highnesses.

Other members of the Chapter created their own arrangements on the theme: Tropical Ikebana, inspired by the convention being in Okinawa. This challenge, in the Melbourne winter, was successfully met as you can see in the ikebana below.

Aiko Nakada

Lara Telford

Beverley Webster

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Lee Johnstone

Marcia Lamrock

Toula Karanikolopoulos

Dianne Zaviska

Nicole MacDonald

Philip Keon

Sally Wilkinson