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:
Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department, Tokyo , Japan
1,058 Ikebana Artists from 194 schools exhibited their arrangements at Takashimaya department from 7.10.15 - 14.10.15. This exhibition is the biggest and most prestigious Ikebana Exhibition in Japan. The arrangements are shown for two days each rotating four times over the week. 6 teachers from ShogetsudoKoryu presented their work for this exhibition.
I was amazed by the quality of the materials and in awe of the unique arrangements. I was so happy to be able to assit in setting up and the atmosphere was indescribable.
Chieko and Lisa's group arrangement featuring a variety of Proteas with Bamboo.
These beautiful Proteas and Leucodendrons were donasted by Proteaflora.
Exhibition Flyer 2015 - Two arrangements from ShogetsudoKoryu were featured as the show piece on the Exhibition flyer.
The Hiroshima Peace Day Memorial Service was conducted in Melbourne in St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral; this year marked the 70th Anniversary. To help commemorate this event and pray for ever lasting world peace, I was asked to put together an Ikebana arrangement as part of Ikebana International.
VCE students enjoying Ikebana workshop on Japanese Day at Nossal High School
Melbourne based Ikebana Teacher