Members of the Ikebana Ann Arbor Chapter participated with the Ikebana Detroit Chapter in their Exhibition within the Cranbrook House.
Our Chapter president Liz Larwa lead a workshop this month for the Lansing Chapter of Ikebana International. Liz led an Ichiyo workshop,
teaching the Group Contrast Form using Pussy Willow branches, Italian Ruscus, Fuji Mums and Aster Montecasino.
Mrs. Elinor Yard, a founding member of the Ann Arbor Chapter, on Ohara Ikebana design presentation at Matthaei (April 10, 1988) Liz was especially excited to see the pictures of Elinor Yard. She took lessons from Elinor when she first came to Ann Arbor.
Congratulations: Our own David Lee submitted a photo of one of his arrangements when the Manilla Chapter 108 in the Philippines sent out a call for submissions from around the world for the celebration of their 55th anniversary. 150 arrangements were selected representing 37 chapters. I encourage you to go to their website https://ikebanamanila.com/55th-year-anniversary-exhibit/ to view all the participants’ work in addition to David’s arrangement. There is also a live demonstration by the world renowned Sogetsu Ikebanaist (kadōka), Christopher Lim. He does nine spectacular arrangements that are just breath taking. The Ann Arbor Chapter is so proud to have been represented at this incredible event.
In a year of distinctive events, the Ann Arbor Chapter was given the great honor ( and responsibility) of promoting our chapter in the Matthaei Botanical Garden's Foyer. Dr. Steiner and Mrs. Larue invited us to display information and arrangements for the entire month. This was a great opportunity to advertise our chapter to an interested public. Each member was called upon to support this club project.
Begin Japanology is a series of videos providing fresh insights into Japan. It presents stories behind Japanese life and culture through the eyes of Peter Barakan, a 45 year resident and watcher of Japan. This video "Japanology Ikebana" explores the Japanese esthetic represented by the artform and traces Ikebana's history.
Ichiyo members Liz Larwa and Terre Voegeli from the Ann Arbor chapter traveled to Hampton GA to participate in the 15th Annual Ichiyo Retreat and Workshop. The workshop was organized by Elaine Jo, Executive Master in the Ichiyo School. The workshop theme was based on seasonal color studies. It was a great experience to connect with Ichiyo members from across the country.
Two of the Ann Arbor Chapter members (Liz and Terre) were lucky enough to attend this event!
It was a joy seeing everyone and sharing time with our lemoto, celebrating the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. His demonstration was spectacular and an occasion we can all be really proud of. It's impossible to organize an event like this without the support of our membership, so, once again, THANK YOU!! The Ichiyo DC Chapter stepped up and ensured that you all would have an enjoyable and meaningful visit. My sincere gratitude to all our members.
Pictures courtesy of Alexis Doty of f22 Video solutions.
Here is the recipe for the delicious Lavender Lemonade that was served at our chapter meeting this week. Mary used dried lavender from her garden for the infusion and let it infuse for several hours.
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Preparing for our first in person chapter meeting in over a year!
Our April challenge was based on the video we watched by Val Eccleston from the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. Our members were challenged to create something inspired by the program using a basket as a container or whatever Valerie's arrangements inspired them to create. Janet, who is an instructor in the Ichiyo school, submitted this arrangement (See more in our photo gallery).
As we look forward to the presentation on "One Hundred Years of Kimono" at our meetings this week (May 18 and 20), please enjoy this video from Kyoto on how to make a Kimono.
Very informative video about the process of making a kimono.
Enjoy this beautiful video about traditional textile making in Shiga Prefecture.
Liz Larwa, the president of Ann Arbor Ikebana International Chapter #183 was interviewed for an article about activities for youth for the current issue (#77) of The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal. She discussed the activities of our chapter and encouraged teens (and their parents) to get involved with Ikebana. Thank you to Liz and The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal for spreading the word about Ikebana. Thank you also to Cheryl and David for creating the beautiful arrangements which were featured in the article.
Our March challenge to members was to create a mini arrangement and show it as displayed in your home. This was inspired by the video we watched featuring Stephanie English from the Ikenobo School of Ikebana.
Mary created this arrangement from a crocus and red twigged dogwood branch from her yard as well as purchased alstroemerias. She arranged to material is such a way as to suggest that the crocus is just beginning to emerge from the earth as the first sign of spring (See more in our photo gallery).
For any of you that are early risers, we have been invited to this demonstration Tuesday at 5:30 AM EST.
An Ohara Ikebana Demonstration by Ho-Kiku A Vineetha, President of Ikebana International Hyderabad Chapter 250
Tuesday March 30, 2021 11:30 AM IST (5:30 AM EST)
Register in for this meeting here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/DpZcAW5lLKm8dx48qEdMYW
After registering, you will be added to the event WhatsApp Group where the details of the online meeting will be shared.
Ikebana International Chapter 65 - St. Petersburg, FL
Very nice exhibit!
Our February Challenge was inspired by the demonstration we watched by Satsuski Palter from the Ohara School. Arrangement styles she demonstrated included Rimpa (similar to a painting often done in more than one low container.); Realistic Landscape; Hana Kanade (features three tall materials that cross (but do not touch with low materials surrounding them); and a morimono (made with any natural materials that are unique and interesting (often not flowers) and are arranged on a flat board or tray. Thank you to all who shared their beautiful and inspiring arrangements with us! This particular arrangement is a morimono created by Lyn Laufenberg (See more in our photo gallery).
How 1.1 Billion Flowers are Imported and Inspected in the US for Valentines Day
Our January challenge to our members was a simple one:" Let the material speak to you". We were inspired by the demonstration we watched at our January meeting by Sensei Jose Salcedo, from the Ohara School of Ikebana. We received photos of several beautiful arrangements, which we will be posting for the next several days. Thank you to all who participated in our challenge and brightened our winter days with your inspired arrangements.
Please enjoy the 2021 Annual Exhibition "A Touch of Class in Glass" by the Ikebana International Hyderabad Chapter #250.
We wish everyone a Happy New Year! We look forward to the time in the not too distant future when we can meet again in person. Since this pandemic has sidelined us this past year, we have strengthened our connections with members of Ikebana International Chapters in the United States and beyond and been inspired by watching some amazing demonstrations provided on zoom by the North and Central American Region(NCAR) of Ikebana International. Vineetha Alugaddala, President of Ikebana International Hyderabad Chapter #250 has shared her own holiday themed arrangement with us.
On this Christmas eve, we wish you all Happy Holidays and share these beautiful holiday themed arrangements and this message from NCAR: "As the winter finds its way into our gardens, your Advocates wish each of you, your chapters and sensei a very happy holiday season. We are grateful for all of you and your efforts to keep Ikebana thriving in the North & Central American Region. More importantly, your friendship has opened our hearts and minds to the future.
We await the new year of 2021 with anticipation, remembering the challenges of this past year. Our hope for the world is to continue to sow the seeds of friendship continuing the practice of ikebana. Growing our art for all to enjoy."
Thank you to Vineetha Alugaddala, President of the Hyderabad Chapter of Ikebana International for sharing with us this video of the demonstration at their meeting this month. With its emphasis on arrangements using baskets, it dovetails nicely with our December program that demonstrated how the color of containers influence the overall look and feeling of an arrangement.
In the coming week we will be posting the creations of our members who took on the challenge to create something with Washi after watching Laura Felt's presentation at our November meeting "Endless Possibilities with Washi". One of our members, Mary Yamamoto, became so enamored of making Washi Tissue Boxes that she has opened an Etsy shop, WhisperingLoveLight selling them! All proceeds will be donated to charity in memory of her daughter Kathryn.
Enjoy this seasonal 2020 Flower Show by the Toronto Chapter of Ikebana International.
Very interesting program on this year's Double Ninth Festival in Kyoto and the importance of chrysanthemums in Japanese culture. Towards the end an Ikebana master makes an arrangement with chrysanthemums and there are scenes of a children's class. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2029142/?fbclid=IwAR2hzlQ8yO_ucOooO7iRgbSRVgrCDIBCACyasJW6HJSdtnwafoamui9sAyg
Wonderful article about one of our Ikebana International Ann Arbor Chapter members.
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