Posts by ikebanawgtn

April-May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, As most of you will be aware, I leave 1 April for Tokyo for training classes at Sogetsu Head Quarters and then proceed to UK and Netherlands a week later. As I am not returning until the beginning of May I obviously won’t be in Wellington for April’s get-together. This should be a lovely garden outing for you all but I hope to open my jet-lagged eyelids to make the May meeting on 4 at JICC. Thursday 6 April Subject to the vagaries of Wellington weather, Barbara has kindly agreed to host the members for 10 am morning coffee/tea at her home ( 88 Farnham St, Mornington...

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March 2017 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, February has been a month of highs and lows. A definite high was the visit last week of Eiko Takechi, Kaori Sharkey’s mother. A dozen of our members attended and Eiko gave us a very interesting Ikenobo demonstration and then most of us participated in a delightful exercise combining origami papers with ikebana which Kaori and Eiko had organised for us. This was great fun and would be a great idea for introducing young children to ikebana. Then sadly last Friday Mike Wareham died. I cannot speak more highly of how supportive Mike was over the decades to Helen’s...

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February 2017 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, In my last Newsletter to you I said that we would not be meeting until March but in the meantime a number of things have occurred and we will have the opportunity for a get together in February after all. We have had an offer of an Ikenobo demonstration to be given by Kaori Sharkey’s mother. Many of you will have met Kaori at the Dowse opening. She is a delightful and helpful person. While Kaori’s mother does not speak English, Kaori will be attending the demonstration and will translate for us. It would be lovely if those of you who are Japanese speakers could...

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November 2016 Newsletter

IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL WELLINGTON CHAPTER No. 158 November 2016 NEWSLETTER Dear Ikebana Members, I hope everyone was able to relax and enjoy the lovely Labour Weekend weather. A big thank you to all members, for your fantastic efforts mounting the Exhibition. The Dowse provided an attractive space we felt and it was surprisingly economical. The Committee met on Monday and we had a “de-brief”, assessing the pros and cons of how things went over the 4 days and checking our costs.  These fortunately came in within the projected budget. Exhibition and promotional events are a big learning...

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October 2016 Newsletter

IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL WELLINGTON CHAPTER No. 158 October 2016 NEWSLETTER Dear Ikebana Members, I apologise for the tardiness of this newsletter which I should have written some days ago.  The Committee members have been busy with the planning for the Exhibition which opens tomorrow (29) and of course for our practising teachers we have also had to continue with business as usual. This will be our Chapter’s most ambitious activity for several years now and is also a strong financial investment in publicising our organisation and raising its public profile. There are a number of logistical...

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September 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, It was super to have Ellen Loader join us from Christchurch both to talk about her Ikebana background and demonstrate for us. Have you all enjoyed creating arrangements using camellias? I do hope you have been able to enjoy this lovely spell of calm fine weather we have been blessed with following the very cold spell we had a few weeks back.  Such lovely mornings have even inspired me to go walking around the neighbourhood but minus my trusty secateurs.  The local berms displayed a very tempting smorgasbord of late camellias, early rhododendrons, japonica and daffodils...

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August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Elizabeth McMillan gave us a very interesting talk at our last meeting on “prolonging the life of flowers and foliage”.  She also handed out an extremely useful list of common materials and the recommended procedures to enhance their survival. As Satomi Takahashi has had to withdraw as Exhibition Chairperson for family reasons, Elizabeth has stepped forward and will be orchestrating our Exhibition at the Dowse. Elizabeth is owed a very big thank you by our membership for the time and expertise she generously gives to our Chapter and I know that I for one rely on her...

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July 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, It is always interesting to learn about the origins of ikebana so a big thank you to Val Ting, who both talked and demonstrated to us at our last meeting. Val covered the principles of the School “Koryu Shohtoh-Kai which is one of the original schools of ikebana. Val then used a variety of New Zealand materials in moribana Koryu arrangements (using flax, fern, rangiora, kawakawa).  A number of our members then created a similar moribana arrangement themselves guided by Val. Arrangements for the Exhibition [29 September to 2nd October] are progressing.  We plan to...

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June 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Thank you very much for your support at last month’s AGM meeting.  Although the future of the Chapter is mixed it was very reassuring to have a good turnout. It is obvious that a large percentage of the membership would like the Chapter to continue to grow and prosper. We will endeavour to provide an interesting curriculum of activities in the coming year. Your continuing support will be important and valued.  It was also a lovely opportunity to thank Colleen Lewis for all her support over many past years and she made it seem that it was a happy privilege for her. It...

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May 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, A very big thank you must go to Elizabeth McMillan, who lead us through our April workshop.  She guided us successfully through creating gift arrangements in portable plastic containers. Given that these only cost a few dollars the result was delightful and inspirational and great fun to work with. It would have been a treat to receive any of the containers members created. The morning was a great success and I think we could repeat this exercise in years to come. AGM Meeting at JICC on 5 May 10:30-12 Our AGM falls at our next meeting and I realize this is not a...

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