Wednesday, 25 April 2018


On Monday 5th to Friday 9th of March the Melbourne Chapter held an exhibition in the foyer of Bourke Place, a 224 metre office block in the centre of the city. The exhibition space was on the Bourke St frontage to one side of the central lift core. We used our shoji screens to help define the exhibition and provide a suitable background for arrangements that were to be seen from the front view only. Other arrangements were to be viewed from all around, including four larger installation works.

This view shows about two thirds of the exhibits seen from the main approach to the space. To the right of this view is the lift core...

...which became the back drop for this group of ikebana works.

This general view is of the exhibition as seen from the foyer cafe. Below are the individual ikebana works, the names of their creators and school of ikebana.

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Felicia Huang, Ohara School.

Yukako Braun, Ikenobo School.

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School.

Chiemi Daly, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Yoshie Arai, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Lucy Papas, Sogetsu School.

Aiko Nakada, Ohara School.

Naomi Cullen, Ichiyo School.

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.

Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo School.

Lisa Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Qui Nguyen, Ikenobo School.

Katrina Cunningham, Ichiyo School.

Christopher James, Sogetsu School.

Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu School.


This year our annual exhibition was held in the lobby of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. This is a very large space which, in addition to having the front desk of the hotel, also functions as gallery for a variety of different types of contemporary art practice. The lobby has very large windows that look into a glass-roofed internal atrium over six stories high. The three large works set on the wide window ledges on the left of this photo were created by teams of ikebanists. 


This photo is taken from the opposite side of the atrium and shows the three windows that were used for the three large works. These ikebana installations were visible from the cafes which are at a lower level on the floor of the atrium.

This work by members of the Ohara school was created by Aiko Nakada and Kid-Ching Ong. It featured bamboo, pine and 'moth' orchids.

Kaye Wong and Naomi Cullen from the Ichiyo school used large baskets and bamboo poles as principle design elements of their installation.

Christopher James and Kyoko Imai from the Sogetsu school created a large-scale work in a Shigaraki pot with driftwood, gymea leaves, chrysanthemum and painted agapanthus stems.

Most of the ikebana by individual members of the branch are shown below. Unfortunately some could not be photographed because of the lack of a backcloth.

Julie Ayers, Ikenobo school.

Chiemi Daly, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Felicia Huang, Ohara school.

Robyn Unglik, Sogetsu school.

 Kim Ng, Ohara school.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu school.

Judy Hajdu, Ohara school.

Trish Ward, Sogetsu school.

Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu school.

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu school.

Elishia Zhang, Ichiyo school.

Helen Novic, Sogetsu school.

Stella Gan, Ichiyo school.

Lyn Wong, Ohara school.

Nobuko Kobayashi, Ichiyo school.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu school.

Qui Nguyen, Ikenobo school.

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu school.

Yoshi Arai, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Lisa Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Olive Cheng, Ohara school.

Ivy Loo, Ohara school.

Kim Louey, Ichiyo school.

Betty Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu school.

Kayoko Hayashi, Ohara school.

Katrina Cunningham, Ichiyo school.

Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo school.

Kid-Ching Ong, Ohara school.