September 2012 Newsletter

by on 2 Sep 2012

Helen and Barbara ran an Ikebana workshop at JICC to promote our art to the public.

Dear Ikebana Members,

The big day for the Japan Festival is getting close, not long now until 9th September.

AUGUST MEETING – ICHIYO SCHOOL WORKSHOP USING ASPIDISTRA LEAVES

Our meeting on 2 August was a workshop using aspidistra leaves, lead by Fred Hollingworth, an Ichiyo School teacher from Christchurch. This workshop gave us a great introduction to Ichiyo moribana, particularly focussing on the crossing form. Fred showed us how to bend and cut the aspidistra leaves into interesting shapes and then use them in the ikebana arrangement.

On the evening of the workshop, some of our members joined Fred for dinner, and were able to catch up on Ikebana activities in our Christchurch Chapter.

9 SEPTEMBER – KIA KAHA JAPAN FESTIVAL

This festival will take place at Wellington Town Hall on Sunday 9 September. It is a celebration of all things Japanese and is being organised by the Wellington City Council and the Embassy of Japan, together with local groups such as our Chapter.

There are 3 ikebana events planned for the Festival:

1. A demonstration by Ichiyo Iemoto Designate, Naohira Kasuya, to be held in the Ilott Theatre of the Wellington Town Hall from 10.30am to 12. Entry to this is free and this is the first event of the Festival, so come straight to the Ilott when the doors open at 10am.

2. An exhibition of ikebana by nine II members with photographs of Japan taken by members of the Japan Society of Wellington. This will to be held in the Ilott foyer, Wellington Town Hall from 10:30 am to 6 pm

3. A display stall in the main Wellington Town Hall to promote ikebana and our Chapter’s activities. This will be open from 12:15 to 7 pm

10 SEPTEMBER – WORKSHOP AT JICC WITH MASTER KASUYA

We will not have our regular meeting on Thursday 6th September, but will meet at our usual room at the Japan Cultural and Information Centre at 1pm on Monday 10th September for a special ikebana workshop with Master Kasuya. The Japan Embassy is hosting this for our Chapter members and we are very fortunate to have a workshop with a Master from Japan; please arrive early for a 1pm start.

Mr Kasuya will show us some moribana style arrangements, including the Ichiyo School Crossing form, which Fred Hollingworth introduced at the August workshop.

40th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR CHAPTER – 10 SEPTEMBER DINNER

We will also to have a special dinner while Mr Kasuya is visiting Wellington. This will be a double celebration as it is our Chapter’s 40th birthday in September while the Master is here. The dinner will be held on Monday 10th September at 7pm here at my home in Mount Victoria. This will be a chance for Chapter members to meet our Japanese visitors and our friends from the Japan Embassy.

INVITATION TO JAPAN SOCIETY MEETING 2nd OCTOBER

The Japan Society is having a Friendship Through Flowers gathering at their October meeting, Tuesday 2 October, and warmly welcomes the ikebana exhibitors from 9th September and also other members of the Wellington Chapter of Ikebana International.

As part of the 9th September Exhibition, the Japan Society will ask the public to vote for the ikebana arrangement that they like 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.

OCTOBER EXHIBITION AND 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.

SOGETSU TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

WORKSHOP 22 SEPTEMBER – TUTOR TAKAKO MARTIN

Takako Martin will be tutoring 3 classes on Saturday 22nd September in the main hall of The Khandallah Town Hall, 11 Ganges Road Khandallah.

The cost for non-Sogetsu members is $25 each lesson (brown bag lunch included when you enrol in 2 or more classes).

Session 1 Morning 10:00 – 12:00 Nageire arrangement using spring flowers (e.g. tulips)

Session 2 Afternoon 12:00 – 2:00 Focusing on the uses of water. Container: Try using a bowl, interesting glass or glasses or maybe a tall container instead of a flat moribana shape. Materials of your choice.

Lunch 2:00-3:00

Session 3 Afternoon 3:00 – 5:00 Intertwining Plants. Suggested Materials: soft/flexible branches or long/slim leaves such as flax. Material should be bendable. Part of the lesson is to choose suitable material. Any shaped container can be used.

Please email Sandra Hurnard if you wish to attend. More details on the lessons can be provided upon request. 3

NEW MEMBERS

This month we welcome 3 new members to our Chapter. Maria Cullen, Kathy Kerry and Tam Chanditri have joined us. It is great to have new ikebanists, particularly as these three are active ikebana pupils and will be able to exhibit for our Chapter. Do make sure to say Hullo to Maria, Kathy and Tam at our next meeting.

SPRING FESTIVAL WORKSHOP

6th OCTOBER – BOTANIC GARDENS

Ikebana International will conduct a workshop at the Botanic Gardens as part of the Gardens’ Spring Festival. This is a public session and good publicity for our Chapter.

MEMBERS ACTIVITIES

On 23rd August JICC hosted another ikebana workshop to promote our art to the public. Barbara Fowler and I ran this for Ikebana International. The workshop was well received and participants expressed an interest in attending the Japan Day demonstration and our II exhibition.

Children at Miramar Kindergarten are very pleased to show their ikebana arrangements.

On 16th August Nanette Kwok gave a second workshop for the children at Miramar Kindergarten. This time the children 2-5 years were more adept at poking the dried materials into the oasis glued inside a mussel shell on a CD disc. A fun half hour.

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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