The annual exhibition of Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter has opened and will continue until Friday 16th September. 

We have the great fortune to have the exhibition located in two rooms on the ground floor of the Melbourne Town Hall. The exhibition space opens directly onto the footpath of the main street on the north south axis of the city centre. 

This year the exhibition has been divided into three sessions with individual arrangements being changed each session. Some large group arrangements, one from each of the five schools represented in Melbourne, have been set up and will remain for the entire exhibition.

One of the interesting aspects of this exhibition is that it provides the unfamiliar viewer, who may just wander in from the footpath, with a snapshot of the historical development of ikebana from the time of the formalisation of the Rikka style at the end of the 16th century to the present day. 

This Rikka was created by Yukako Braun, Melbourne Head of the Ikenobo School *  .

The founder of the Shogetsudo Koryu School * drew on the teachings of the 13th Century Buddhist philosopher Eison Shogetsudo when he formalised his ideas about this ikebana form, shoka, in the latter part of the 18th century. The example above was created by Chieko Yazaki, Head of the Shogetsudo Koryu School in Melbourne.

Toward the end of the 19th century Unshin Ohara * developed the moribana (shallow tray) style. Lyn Wong created this Spring arrangement.

In 1927 Sofu Teshigahara founded the Sogetsu School * , which encourages the free expression of the advanced ikebanist. The work above was created by Emily Karanikolopoulos.

In 1937 the brother and sister Meikof and Ichiyo Kasuya founded the Ichiyo School * and emphasised that ikebana must fit its environment and express the emotions and character of the ikebanist. Kaye Wong created this multi-vessel Spring ikebana.

Photos of the first session of the exhibition are on the Ikebana International Melbourne * blog.

Greetings from Christopher
10th September 2016

Historical references are from 'The History of Ikebana' by Kudo Masanobu, Shufunomoto Co. Ltd. 1986

* Click on the blue text for further information

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