November 2012 Newsletter

by on 29 Oct 2012

Dear Ikebana Members,

I do hope you were all able to visit the Academy exhibition and see the ikebana. 9 members visited on 18th October and enjoyed a coffee afterwards. Thanks to the six members who exhibited ikebana for our Chapter.

Sandi’s arrangement at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery

Erris has posted some great photos on our new website, so have look and see if you can find a photo of you or your ikebana: www.ikebanawellington.org.nz

1ST NOVEMBER MEETING – GARDEN VISIT FIELD TRIP

14A SUNNY GLEN, WAIKANAE

Thursday 1st November at 11am is the Field Trip to Joy Darke’s garden in Waikanae. Joy was NZ gardener of the year 2010 and is a highly knowledgeable gardener. She will talk and show us the garden. The charge is $3 per person, and Nanette will collect this on the day. Lunch after at the Waikanae Beach Waimea Road Cafe.

Please contact organiser Nanette Kwok (Ph 386 1221) if you need transport. Val has offered to take a car from the Hutt.

Sunny Glen is a no-exit road off Te Moana Road; it is the third turn on the left from State Highway 1

6th DECEMBER MEETING – END OF YEAR MORNING TEA

16 TREASURE GROVE, HATAITAI

Our final meeting for 2012 will be a “Friendship Through Flowers morning tea” to be held at Nanette Kwok’s home on Thursday 6th December. The Chapter will provide some yummy seasonal goodies to eat and members are invited to bring along a treasure or a special ikebana memory to tell us about. This event will start at our usual time of 10.30am.

SPRING FESTIVAL WORKSHOP

In October Elizabeth McMillan, Sandi Hurnard and Nanette Kwok ran a workshop at the Botanic Gardens as part of the Gardens’ Spring Festival. Numbers were smaller than previous years but the 7 participants were most enthusiastic and enjoyed their lesson

EXHIBITION WITH THE JAPAN SOCIETY PHOTOS AT THE JAPAN FESTIVAL

As part of the 9th September Exhibition, the Japan Society asked the public to vote for the ikebana arrangement that they liked best. The 3 most popular ikebana works were those by Elizabeth McMillan, Valerie Ting and me, Helen Wareham. Our thanks to the Japan Society for organising this joint exhibition and for presenting prizes to the winners.

SAKURA NEWS AND CHAPTER ACTIVITIES TO BE ON THE INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE

Our Chapter recently received an email from the newly elected International President, Ms Lily Zhang regarding reducing publication costs. The following is an extract from Ms Zhang’s letter:

“As you know, our membership has been decreasing recently, however our Publication Expenditure is the same as before. Today Annual Publication Expenditures for 3 I. I. Magazines, 3 Sakura News, 3 Chapter Activities, Brochures, etc. represents two thirds of I. I. annual membership dues income. It is extremely important for I. I. to be able to continue operating smoothly.

In order to

· preserve and protect nature and the environment, pollute the earth less and save trees;
· shorten the whole process of publication to reach Members;
· save printing and postage cost;
· save personal storage space

International Board decided to put Sakura News and Chapter Activities online, and to also send them as a PDF to Chapter Presidents through E-mail at once after final editing. We will send paper print of these two publications only to those Members who do not have access to a computer or a printer.”

I have sent Headquarters the names and addresses of our members who receive the Chapter Newsletter by mail and the Chapter copy of the PDF publications will be sent to our new email address: info@ikebanawellington.org.nz

Recent copies of Sakura News are already available on the members’ section of the international website. To access the members’ section, click on the orange heading on the left hand side bar “II Members”. The password is “sakura1956”

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBER

We welcome a new member this month. Jill Comerford-Parker has transferred from Christchurch Chapter and we look forward to meeting her shortly. Jill and her partner are resident in Auckland and are senior students of the Ikenobo School. It is excellent to have another member of a classical school with us and we hope Jill will be able to exhibit for us next year.

EXHIBITION

Some of our members were fortunate to be invited to the opening of the exhibition Japan: Kingdom of Characters recently. Do visit this exhibition if you get the chance – it features modern aspects of Japanese culture – the Hello Kitty bedroom is amazing! It is being held October 10-31 at Massey University College of Creative Arts (Te Ara Hikiko).

PROGRAMME FOR 2013

Your committee met recently to discuss the programme for the 2013 calendar year and have lots of ideas for future meetings. We are planning to have a chabana workshop early in the year using roadside flowers. Please contact one of the committee if you have suggestions for future events.

Do contact Helen Wareham or Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss if you have any news you would like to go in the next newsletter.

Yours in friendship through flowers,

Helen Wareham (President)

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