The Ikebana International 11th World Convention was on the 12th - 15th of April 2017.
The World Convention was fantastic. I met incredible people, listened to beautiful stories and made good friends. The demonstrations by the head of seven schools were so unique and magical.
Princess Takamado with Chapter Presidents at the Special dinner.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden show
The Ikebana International Melbourne chapter won the bronze medal again this year.
The theme is Japan. The back drop is Miyajima - Torii gate. The flower cart is on the right and the white wedding kimono is on the left. In the centre is our Shogetsudokoryu arrangement created by Pascal Tremblay and Chiemi Daly. You can imagine the elegant Japanese aristocrats visiting the shrine in 17th century Japan.
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.
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.
Melbourne based Ikebana Teacher