Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year. This New Year arrangement consists of black pine, nandina leaves, oriental lilies, hypericum berries and chrysanthemums. I arranged the mizuhiki (the gold and silver decoration) on the vase. New Years Day was a very hot in Melbourne.
Reiho Ikebana participated at the Crown Japanese Spring Festival on 26th & 27th November 2016 from 11 am to 11 pm. The display of eight arrangements at the Art & Craft marquee was a showcase of Japanese culture at the festival. The variety of arrangements were created by Pascal, Haobo, Chiemi, Tina, Janaka, Fiona, Giselle and myself. Visitors were delighted and gave us the excellent feedback. The demonstration was held twice daily and free Ikebana workshop was also conducted three times. They were very much appreciated. Prior to the festival, the Channel 10 Weather man, Mike Larkin introduced the Crown Japanese Spring Festival to the TV audience. I wore blue kimono and helped to promote the festival with Taiko drummers and other kimono ladies. We had 5 minutes fame on 23rd November around 5 pm on Channel 10.
I am exhibiting my artwork at "From Nature - Organic Sculpture exhibition" at Gasworks Arts Park.
Please come and have a look at the Land Art installed throughout the park; made from natural materials including flowers, straw, sticks, stones and timber.
Map number: 6
Artist name: Chieko Yazaki
My artwork "wind" is flying. It is made of bamboo mesh, sticks and ribbons.
My students Pascal and Yoshie also exhibited their work " Glimpse" at Map number 29.
31 / 05/ 2016
Reiho Ikebana held a one day workshop for students of Nossal High School on their Language Diversity Day. Yoshie and Pascal lead the class.
They taught the Upright from, Moribana style and introduced Japanese flower arranging to the students.
Chieko was invited to do the Ikebana demonstration at the Ashburton Floral Art Group. She did five arrangements including Seika, Nageire, Unnaturalistic Moribana and Free style. Members of the Group were familier with Ikebana as this was Chieko's third visit, but they still showed keen interest in the new technique and materials used at the demonstration. The photo below is Chieko with members of the Group after the demonstration. The President of the Group, Margaret Charnley is second from Left.
2016 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) was held from 16/5/16 to 20/5/16 at the World Heritage listed, Royal Exhibition Building and its garden. The entry by Ikebana International at Floral Design Section won the Bronze Medal this year. It featured the inner city oasis of Japanese Garden to coincide the theme of 2016 MIFGS " Discover an inner city oasis" (Left). I created the water and land arrangement in a black trough. The left hand side of the trough shows Water lilies in Flat form (Ten, Jin and Chi).
The right hand side features the land landscape using Celosia, Miscanthus, Roseberries, Shrimp plant, Bulrush and Pyracantha. The driftwood separates land from water.
The opening of the new facilities and the renovation at the Altona Memorial Park was held on Wednesday 24th February. Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter was asked to display two large arrangements in front of the huge wall of the Function Room, overlooking the Japanese garden. I created one of them; this work using Crepe myrtle, Pyracantha (red berries), Chrysanthemum and the yellow lichen clad branch in a black glass container. The Ikebana was much admired and appreciated by the people who attended the opening.
The New Year Day in Japan is the most celebrated national and religious holiday. The old year will clear away the bad memories and the new year will invite hope and good fortune. Prayers are offered to Gods and Buddha at the shrines and temples. It is also a time to get together with family and friends. It is an old belief in Japan that the gods visit the human community between the end of the old year and the first of the new year. The pine was a dwelling place for the gods and places where pine trees grow had a holly feeling. That's why the pine branches are used in the New Year decoration.
New Years Arrangement using in upright form (立体) using:
Melbourne based Ikebana Teacher