October 2014 Newsletter

by on 30 Sep 2014

Dear Ikebana Members,

Our September meeting was moved from the first Thursday of the month to incorporate viewing the 2 Ikebana arrangements at the Academy of Fine Arts. The ‘Flora, Fauna & Floribunda’ exhibition, mainly paintings, opened on Saturday the 6th and our Wellington Sogetsu teachers agreed to keep 2 arrangements going the whole 3 ½ weeks. A large arrangement of driftwood, greenery and pink and white lilies stands on a white plinth in front of a gray wall. It looks gorgeous, very serene and beautiful. This arrangement has only had its flowers changed as necessary. The other arrangement changes about every 5 days with Helen Wareham starting it off followed by Sandi Hurnard, Kathy Kerry, Satomi Takahashi and finally Elizabeth McMillan. These have been large structures, also on a plinth, and I can only encourage you to go along if you haven’t already as it does not close until October 1st. Only a small show of members gathered on the 11th and after a good look around we went for coffee. There was lots of chatter and a good opportunity to get to know each other better.

If you are at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday the 28th do stop in and have a look at the Spring Ikebana workshop in the Begonia House. There are 18 people signed up to learn the basics of Ikebana. Elizabeth and Helen will be leading them from 12:30 – 1:30. This has been a very popular event over the years.

Our own October meeting will be on Thursday the 2nd at the JICC rooms in the Majestic Centre at 10:30. Sandi Hurnard will be taking us through a small arrangement and here are her instructions:

‘Small Arrangements in Small Containers’
Most of us own small containers which are suitable for displaying specimens from our gardens. These are often appropriate as welcoming arrangements in a guest bedroom or equivalent small space. Sandra will create a few examples and then we can all create an elegant arrangement of our own. Bring a small container (preferably 10 cm high or less) and suitable material to construct a ‘simplified arrangement’. Think about the line of the branch material, quality and colour of the flower as well as the container itself. The container could be either a nageire style (you will need a drop stick) or moribana (don’t forget to bring a small kenzan/pinholder). Also bring your secateurs/hasami and a cloth and small bag for your debris.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday.

Yours in friendship through flowers
Barbara Fowler
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