Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter recently held a small exhibition at 600 Bourke St Melbourne from 5th to 9th of March. It was set up in the foyer of Bourke Place in the center of Melbourne CBD.
Glass, high ceilings and granite walls combined with shoji screens created cool modern space.
It’s a dilemma to find a suitable venue for Ikebana exhibition. If you chose a CBD area with high pedestrian traffic the problem with logistics arises. You have to bring masses of materials, vase, tools, and park somewhere distant and carry all your stuff, making a few trips from the car park to the venue. The maintenance is also a hurdle. You have to come back to look after fresh flowers practically every day. Air conditioning and light make flowers wilt rather quickly. Members living in the outer suburbs, like I do, have it hard. Regrettably, too many members haven’t participated as a result.
Work by Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School
I strongly believe that any artist at any stage of his artistic path has to exhibit. Showing your work makes you vulnerable but stronger. You learn from your mistakes more than from your success. You get a connection to the public and your fellow artists. It gives you new ideas and inspiration.
Rikka Style by Yukako Braun, Ikenobo School
I belong to Sogetsu School of ikebana and Ikebana International exhibition gives me a chance to see other schools’ work. Masses of flowers from Ohara School, Temple’s refinement of Shogetsudokoryu, finesse of Ikenobo, and of course, conceptual creativity of Sogetsu, brings joy to my heart.
My arrangement was inspired by Chestnut trees on my property. These fluffy looking but very prickly nuts are falling on the ground at the moment to reveal 3 brown nuts inside. You need thick gloves to take them out and then roast on a grill. They go well in my family with a glass of white wine.
My work, Sogetsu School
I could display a few branches in a vase but made it rather symbolic, just showing a few falling chestnuts and a tree branch secured by bleached Japanese Mulberry branch as a forest background.
I love my new red asymmetrical container which I bought in Japan. Nobody can beat Japanese ceramics for me.