August 2012 Newsletter

by on 2 Aug 2012

Dear Ikebana Members,

I hope you are planning to see some good movies in the Wellington Film Festival, but make sure you keep Thursday 2 August free for our special workshop with Fred Hollingworth.


Brigitte Takenaka Proctor and I spoke about our recent visits to Tokyo for the Ikebana 10th World Convention and Sogetsu post convention workshops. I concentrated on the 10th World Convention and showed photos of some of the exhibition pieces. Brigitte had some great photos of the Sogetsu event and was able to compare Japan in 2012 with her visit 40 years ago and her experiences there in even earlier times.


Members workshopOur meeting on 2nd August will be a workshop using aspidistra leaves, lead by Fred Hollingworth, an Ichiyo School teacher from Christchurch. This workshop will be a good introduction to Ichiyo, before the demonstration by Mr Kasuya at the Kia Kaha Japan Festival on September 9th.

We will hold this workshop at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Brougham St, Mt Victoria. Parking is available in the church grounds – use the Ellice St entrance. The hall will be open from 10 am and there will be time for a quick cup of tea before the workshop starts at 10.30am. We plan to finish at midday. Guests are welcome – there will be a $15 charge for non-members.

What to bring?
Moribana container (or 2), wide enough for 2 kenzans
2 kenzans
Flowers to suit the aspidistra leaves and your container
Hasami or secateurs
Water container – for cutting material
Small watering can or Jug – for filling container
Newspaper – for transporting arrangements home
A small towel or cloth for wiping surfaces
Plastic bag or container for cuttings
Wire / pins if needed.
Fred is bringing aspidistra leaves from his own garden for us to use in this workshop, so it is important that you let one of the committee know if you will be attending; phone me on 970 9573 if you have any queries or need transport.

On the evening of Thursday 2nd August, our Chapter have invited Fred to dinner at the Tinakori Bistro, 328 Tinakori Road, Thorndon. We have booked a private room upstairs and a set – price menu; two courses for $40, including bread and coffee. There is a copy of the menu on the last page of this newsletter. Tinakori Bistro is BYO and licensed, so bring your favourite drink or just order a glass of wine there. We’ll meet from 6.30. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, including guests; if you would like to join us, please phone me before 1 August as we need to confirm numbers with the restaurant.

This festival will take place at Wellington Town Hall on Sunday 9 September. It is a celebration of all things Japanese and is being organised by the Wellington City Council and the Embassy of Japan, together with local groups such as our Chapter.
At this stage there are 3 ikebana events planned for the Festival:
1. A demonstration by Ichiyo Master, Naohira Kasuya, to be held in the Ilott Theatre of the Wellington Town Hall from 11am to 12:30.
2. An exhibition of ikebana by nine II members with photographs of Japan taken by members of the Japan Society of Wellington. This will to be held in the Ilott foyer, Wellington Town Hall from 10:30 am to 7 pm
3. A display stall in the main Wellington Town Hall to promote ikebana and our Chapter’s activities. This will be open from 12:15 to 7 pm
The Town Hall will be open from 8:30 am for setting up. Our nine Board members have formed 3 committees to focus on each of these events:
1. Demonstration committee, Barbara, Judy and Helen.
2. Exhibition committee, Sandi, Colleen and Mary-Elizabeth.
3. Display stall committee, Erris, Nanette and Valerie.
The committees will also include co -opted II members as there is lots to do for this big festival.

We will not have our regular meeting on Thursday 6th September, but will meet at our usual room at the Japan Cultural and Information Centre at 1pm on Monday 10th September for a special ikebana workshop with Master Kasuya. The Japan Embassy are hosting this for our Chapter members and we are very fortunate to have a workshop with a Master from Japan; do keep the Monday afternoon free for this special event.

We also plan to have a special dinner while Mr Kasuya is visiting Wellington. This will be a double celebration as it is our Chapter’s 40th birthday in September while the Master is here. The dinner will be an informal event held at my home and will be a chance for Chapter members to meet our Japanese visitors and our friends from the Japan Embassy. This celebration will be free for members and their partners. I’ll let you know the date soon.

Mike and I went up to Tauranga on July 14 to attend the memorial service for Vivienne Pascoe. It was of course a sad occasion, but nice to be able to share memories of her eventful life with her family.
We also caught up with the Tauranga study group members whom Vivienne had taught, and with Takako and Colin Martin from Auckland. Vivienne’s son Peter spoke about her passion for ikebana and loyalty to Ikebana International; there was a photo in the slide show of her demonstrating here in Wellington for our Chapter.
Four of our Board members have been working hard on a publicity banner for our Chapter. This will be made locally and will be used to show the Ikebana International name at public events – you will see the banner on display at the Festival on 9th September.
Our website development also is progressing, due to Publicity Officer Erris’s efforts. Many thanks to Erris and Sandi who have been especially involved in this.
These need to be sent to Tokyo as soon as possible, so the last day for payment will be the workshop on 2 August. The $70 annual subscription has been reduced to $60 for existing members due to the change of financial year for II. You can pay your $60 by cheque or internet payment. Cheques should be made payable to – Ikebana International, Wellington Chapter and may be sent to Mrs Barbara Fowler. Alternatively, $60 may be deposited by internet payment to Ikebana International, Wellington Chapter, Account no – 02 0544 0217523 00. Please ensure you record your name in the statement details and record the reference as ‘annual sub.’
Do contact Helen Wareham or Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss if you have any news you would like to go in the August newsletter.
Yours in friendship through flowers,
Helen Wareham (President)

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