October 2012 Newsletter

by on 27 Sep 2012

Dear Ikebana Members,

Wasn’t it a fantastic day at the Kia Kaha Japan Festival on Sunday 9th September? We were so lucky to have such a successful Festival here in Wellington, and to have such great ikebana events. The WCC estimate that a record 25,000 people visited the Festival. Many thanks to all our members and their families who helped to make the day such a success.

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

12th-21st OCTOBER EXHIBITION AND 18th OCTOBER GALLERY VISIT

Our annual exhibition with the Potters Association will be held from 12 to 21 October at the Academy of fine Arts on Queens Wharf. Watercolour New Zealand will be exhibiting with the Potters this year and the large gallery will be used. This is a chance for us to display ikebana to a wide audience in conjunction with two other important art forms.

Instead of our regular meeting on the first Thursday of the month, our monthly get together will be a visit to the Academy on Thursday 18th October. We will meet at the gallery at 10.30 to view the ikebana, paintings and pots, and then have coffee at one of the cafes on Queens Wharf.

1ST NOVEMBER MEETING – GARDEN VISIT FIELD TRIP

Thursday 1st November at 11am is the Field Trip to Joy Darke’s garden in Waikanae. She was NZ gardener of the year 2010. Charge is $3 as she is an excellent speaker on gardening. Lunch after at the Waikanae Beach Waimea Road Cafe. This will be a lovely day out.  Please contact organiser Nanette Kwok (Ph 386 1221) for car pooling or more details of this event.

The Master completing a hanging arrangement with others in a large frame.

9th SEPTEMBER – KIA KAHA JAPAN FESTIVAL

This festival took place at Wellington Town Hall on Sunday 9 September, organised by the Wellington City Council and the Embassy of Japan, together with local groups such as our Chapter.

There were 3 ikebana events:

1. A demonstration by Ichiyo Iemoto Designate, Naohira Kasuya in the Ilott Theatre of the Wellington Town Hall. Mr Kasuya demonstrated some basic arrangements and then created 3 large modern works; we were very lucky to have a visitor of this high calibre and our Chapter members had the privilege of working with the Master to prepare for the demonstration.

Elizabeth McMillan’s arrangement inspired by a photo of the steam locomotive, Benkai.

2. An exhibition of ikebana by eight II members with photographs of Japan taken by members of the Japan Society of Wellington. Members were inspired by the photographs to create some special exhibition pieces.

3. A display stall in the main Wellington Town Hall to promote ikebana and our Chapter’s activities. Many thousands of people visited the Festival and stopped to see the ikebana on display.

10th SEPTEMBER – WORKSHOP AT JICC WITH MASTER KASUYA

On Monday 10th September there was a special ikebana workshop with Master Kasuya. The Japan Embassy hosted this for our Chapter members and Mr Kasuya gave each of the 16 attendees comments on their own ikebana work.

This was a great opportunity to learn about a new ikebana school from their Headmaster designate.

40th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR CHAPTER – 10 SEPTEMBER DINNER

On the evening of Monday 10th September we held a dinner to celebrate 40 years of Ikebana International Wellington Chapter. This was a chance for Chapter members to meet the Japanese visitors and friends from the Japan Embassy. 19 Chapter members attended and many were accompanied by family members or friends. It was good to have several of our older members attend this event and especially to have our Patroness Cora Hazlett, who cut the 40 year celebration cake.

30th SEPTEMBER – MINOH HOUSE ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Minoh House will be having their annual Cherry Blossom Festival on the 30th Sept, from 1pm to 4pm. Access to Minoh House in somewhat limited, due to a slip on the drive there is no drive on access, so all access is by foot only from Normandale road or the lower Normandale bridge carpark.

INVITATION TO JAPAN SOCIETY MEETING 2nd OCTOBER

The Japan Society is having a Friendship Through Flowers gathering at their October meeting, Tuesday 2nd October, and warmly welcomes the ikebana exhibitors from the Japan Festival and also other members of the Wellington Chapter of Ikebana International.  As part of the 9th September Exhibition, the Japan Society asked the public to vote for the ikebana arrangement that they liked best. At their meeting on 2nd October the winning entries will be announced and also some prize winners drawn at random from the public voting forms. This will be an opportunity for both Japan Society members who submitted photos and Ikebana arrangers to get together informally and talk about their contributions. As part of the meeting there will be a short film and supper.

The Japan Society meets at the Cultural and Information Centre, Level 18, Majestic Towers from 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm.

SPRING FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
6TH OCTOBER – BOTANIC GARDENS

Ikebana International will conduct a workshop at the Botanic Gardens as part of the Gardens’ Spring Festival. The workshop will be Sogetsu School, lead by Elizabeth McMillan with assistance from Sandi Hurnard. This is a public session and good publicity for our Chapter. The Spring Festival is run by Wellington City Council from 30th September – 7th October. Brochures are available from Libraries, if you have friends who wish to take part. The Ikebana Workshop is at the Treehouse Botanic Gardens 12.30 – 1.30pm. Bring secateurs or floral scissors and a shallow bowl. Bookings essential phone WCC 499 1400. Park on Glenmore Street. Cost is $5 for floral supplies. Nanette Kwok is the organiser for this; give her a call on 386 1221 for more information

MEMBERS ACTIVITIES

Sogetsu members enjoyed a full day workshop with Auckland teacher Takako Martin on 22 September. Takako taught 3 workshop sessions and participants appreciated the opportunity to learn from a senior teacher. Takako travels to Tokyo regularly and always has the latest ideas on Sogetsu developments.

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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