Three weeks ago I showed the image below of the 'shop window' installation at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, by Toula and Betty Karanikolopoulos, members of the Victorian Branch of the Sogetsu School. I had failed to register at the time that they had been awarded a fourth place for their very striking design.
Last Tuesday I attended the monthly meeting of Ikebana International in Melbourne, our capital city. A workshop was held with the theme of Autumn grasses. There was a wonderful variety of interpretations, from the naturalistic to the expressionistic, of this traditional ikebana motif. The first image is of the demonstration example created on the day by Lee Johnstone.
Next by Elizabeth Angell.
I would like to draw your attention to the right-hand column of this blog. I have recently added images from all of the last nine years of collaborative exhibitions of ceramics and ikebana at Qdos Gallery in Lorne. Click on the link under the heading Qdos Exhibitions. Also I have created a link to the Nordic Lotus blog of Lennart Persson who is a Sogetsu practitioner in Oslo, Norway. I recommend his blog for the excellence of his personal explorations into the history and meaning of ikebana.
Greetings from Christopher
13th April 2013