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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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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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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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April 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, I am sure you have been all enjoying the wonderful warm weather this past month even if your precious gardens haven’t.  Yesterday, I walked with friends through the local Piwakawaka track and couldn’t help but notice how tinder try the bush was and that even native shrubs like rangiora were shrivelled and dying. I have been woken by the comforting and welcome sound of rain on the roof and hope that it is enough to revive the trees which are now so dry and thirsty. Our March Workshop visit to “Shapeshifter” outdoor sculpture exhibition was a great success...

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February 2016 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, It is hard to believe several months have flown by since my last newsletter and I do hope you have all enjoyed relaxing breaks and have enjoyed this wonderful weather. This has been a summer to remember and I for one have been enjoying the warmer temperatures, unlike my garden. I know most of you will have less strenuous topography to deal with and you will also be much more disciplined with watering. I suspect we will need to employ more drought-resistant plants in the future. Over the summer Ikebana International activities have continued with visits from fellow I.I....

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December 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, My first 6 months as President have been incredibly busy but very rewarding. Each month seems filled with activities and we have managed to host not only workshops by a visiting tutor (the second for this calendar year) but we also mounted an Exhibition at very short notice. A very big thank you to Helen for demonstrating and leading last month’s workshop which all the attendees thoroughly enjoyed. As you are probably aware Helen has had to deal with health issues for her husband as well as herself and her efforts are greatly appreciated. Our last meeting of the year...

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November 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Weren’t Takako Martin’s workshops great fun and very informative. I think these were some of the best workshops we have had but perhaps I am biased. Takako wrote to me and commented that, “it was a pleasure to see the improvement in the Wellington Ikebana level” and I agree. Some lovely work was produced by our members and I think you should all be proud of what you achieved. My last few weeks have been very busy since my return from Europe. There were no opportunities for ikebana but I was very impressed with some of the materials growing in the lanes and woods....

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October 2015 Newsletter

IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL WELLINGTON CHAPTER 158 WORKSHOP THURSDAY 8 October 2015 With Takako Martin VENUE:            Wilton Bowling Club, 122 Wilton Road, [near Otari] DATE:              Thursday 8th October 2015 COST:              Members $40 for 2 workshops. Non-member surcharge will apply. Visiting Tutor Takako Martin will be visiting Wellington in October. She is a popular and gentle tutor and the highest qualified Sogetsu Teacher in New Zealand. START TIME: Please be at the venue early as possible as the workshop will start promptly. The doors open at...

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September 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, As you will be aware, our Chapter receives a number of requests throughout the year from the Japanese Embassy to contribute arrangements. This relationship is of mutual benefit to both sides as we are given opportunities to promote our art. Our Chapter is happy to meet requests for arrangements whenever feasible. The Committee were privileged to join the new Ambassador Mr. Toshihisa Takata for dinner earlier this month and Mr. Takata expressed his wishes for our joint relationship to continue and strengthen. This month we were delighted to have Elizabeth McMillan...

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