Friday, 16 June 2017


Members of the Melbourne Chapter again participated in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this year. A combined exhibit of the five active ikebana schools in Melbourne was created. For the second year in a row the Ikebana International exhibit was awarded a Bronze Medallion. The photos below included some of the preparation and give an indication of the enormous amount of work that goes into this project each year.

As you can see the Japanese theme was powerfully communicated by the panoramic photo of the famous Tori Gate at the Miyajima Shrine.

In this photo President Chieko Yazaki is working on her arrangement.

The arrangement in the Flower Cart is by the Ohara members.

This work above is by members of the Ichiyo school.

Unfortunately he lack of side walls on the display area make it impossible to take a photo of the whole exhibit from the front. This is the left hand view. In the middle of this photo is a Rikka by members of the Ikenobo school.

This is the right hand side of the exhibit. With the Sogetsu school arrangement if the circular vessel at the front of the exhibit.

Congratulations are extended to Kaye Wong and the members her enthusiastic team who all contributed to this years exhibit.

Sunday, 14 May 2017


At the 9th May meeting a demonstration was given by Toula Karanikolopoulos. The theme of the meeting was origami. Toula created a paper sculptural form to which she attached small origami shapes. She had dyed the paper as well as moulding it to wrap around the unique ceramic vase which she had also made herself. 

Toula made a large arrangement of New Zealand Flax leaves and purple Singapore orchids to coordinate with the colours of the paper form.

The guest speaker, an origami expert, was unable to attend and Christopher James gave a demonstration of techniques for manipulating paper to use in ikebana arrangements.

In this example above, he has made straws from newspaper and included them with dried agapanthus flower-heads and fresh dietes leaves.

Below are other arrangements made by members at the meeting.

Lara Telford.

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Elizabeth Angell

Margaret Wilson

Philip Keon

Marjorie Campkin-Smith

Thea Sartori

Eugenia Chudacek

Lee Johnstone

Nicole MacDonald

Marcia Lamrock

Saturday, 22 April 2017


The 11th World Convention of Ikebana International was held in Okinawa from 12th to 17th April 2017. Among the events were demonstrations by the Iemotos of seven ikebana schools. Below are the final stage presentations of three of them. 

Ohara School

Ichiyo School

Sogetsu School

The next group of photos are the large scale arrangements in the exhibition hall representing some of the schools.

 Ohara School

Ikenobo School

Ichiyo School

Sogetsu School

Some members of the Melbourne Chapter participated in the exhibition at the Convention and their arrangements are shown below.

President Chieko Yazaki.

Vice President Christopher James

Elizabeth Angell 

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Emily Karanikolopoulos was also invited to be one of eight  members from around the world, who were asked to give a demonstration in the main hall.

This is what the main Exhibition Hall looked like at the welcoming dinner.

Emily was assisted by Eugenia Chudacek, also from the Melbourne Chapter. The audience included members of the Imperial family. 

Looking very focused and relaxed, Emily is arranging bird's nest fern and allium. 

This is Emily's finished work. Her second piece is below. 

The requirement was to make an arrangement in a glass vessel. Emily used native Australian, acacia aphylla, from her own garden and purple calla lilies.

Kazuko Yano, here with Emily, was a previously a member of the Melbourne Chapter, where she is warmly remembered. Kazuko was the M.C. at the demonstrations by individual members. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

APRIL 2017

At the meeting on 11th April the theme was 'Autumn in a basket'. A demonstration was given by Lara Telford, which was followed by a workshop. Lara presented several arrangements on this theme, including using fruiting branches.

 Lara arranging cumquat in an unusual bottle shaped basket.

My apologies if the arrangements below are incorrectly identified, as I am creating this posting while in Japan. Christopher, Webmaster.

 Lara Telford

Lara Telford

Lara Telford

Lara Telford

 Lara Telford

The members at work during the workshop. Below are photos of some of the members' completed arrangements.

 Toula Karanikolopoulos

 Sally Wilkinson

 Rosemary Farrelly

Aiko Nakada

Judy Hajdu

 Student of Aiko Nakada (?).

Olive Cheng

Nichole MacDonald

Marcia Lamrock

Margaret Wilson

Lee Johnstone

Beverley Webster

Julie Ireland

Emily (visitor)

Trish Ward

Robyn Unglik