24 April 2019

Our Exhibitor: Aileen Duke

Aileen Duke (Shoto) is a Sogetsu Ikebana artist and teacher, with a background in art education, information technologies and business governance.

In 2018, she won the international online Ikebana Gallery Award in both Overall and People's Choice categories. In 2016, her essay 'Ikebana: Respecting the Past, Expressing the Future' was published in the International Journal of Ikebana Studies. She has exhibited at the Wa exhibition several times. She is a secretary of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Victoria Branch.

"The creative, meditative and mindful aspects of Japanese flower arrangement provide a fantastic counter-balance to our busy lives," says Shoto, "Ikebana brings beauty into our homes, hearts and minds and enhances our appreciation of nature.

Shoto teaches Ikebana on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, accepting casual and certificate students. Under her business name, Eclipse Ikebana, she makes arrangements for a number of local businesses, and runs workshops at a range of venues. During 2019, she has teamed up with SeaCrest yoga to present Yoga and Ikebana workshops in Red Hill.

Find Shoto online at ww.ikebana.net.au, @eclipse.ikebana, @shoto.ikebana, or email eclipse@ikebana.net.au for information or bookings.


22 April 2019

Our Exhibitor: Akemi Suzuki

We will introduce some of our exhibitors in Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival. Crick "exhibitor" label to see them all. 

The 2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the Royal Exhibition Building

The 2018 Sogetsu Victorian Branch Exhibition in Melbourne, the Hawthorn Town Hall


第5回フェイスブック 草月みんなのいけばな展 銀の月賞受賞
2018年 草月ビクトリア支部展 出品
2019年 メルボルンインターナショナルフラワーガーデンショー 出品
2019年 8月 和 Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 出品予定
百聞は一見に如かず と言いますが、写真や映像を見てもその場の環境、樹々の匂いやテクスチャーを知ることは出来ません。メルボルンのダイナミックな自然の下、逞しく生きる樹々とネイティブフラワー。メルボルンを体感していけばなをいけてみませんか。

Instagram amy_suzuki_fuller https://www.instagram.com/amy_suzuki_fuller
Facebook ikebanaAkemi
HP https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite

Akemi Suzuki is a Japanese ikebana artist and teacher. Her work has been exhibited extensively in both Australia and Japan. She has been a practitioner of sogetsu ikebana for over 14 years. She uses a variety of techniques to bring the essence of ikebana to each piece of work. 

She has exhibited extensively including the fifth Facebook Everyone’s Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition (she got silver moon award) and has exhibited five times in the Melbourne International Flower and garden show. She will also exhibit in the Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival in August of this year.

For those interested in seeing some of her work, her Facebook and instagram accounts are below. Also if you are interested in studying Ikebana she teaches weekly classes in Melbourne so feel free to contact her on Instagram or Facebook.

Instagram amy_suzuki_fuller https://www.instagram.com/amy_suzuki_fuller
Facebook ikebanaAkemi
HP https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite


11 April 2019



Shoso's Ikebana work at Saint Dreux
St Collins Lane, 260 Collins St


08 April 2019

Ikebana Performance on Sale Now

Wa: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers 
31 August 2019
Melbourne Recital Centre
Booking: http://bit.ly/IkebanaGrigoryan (ご予約はこのリンク先でお願いします)

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival presents Ikebana artist Shoso Shimbo in concert with the Grigoryan Brothers.

An award-winning floral artist and sculptor, Shoso has over 30 years experience as an Ikebana practitioner in the Sogetsu school. After completing Ikebana demonstrations in Japan, Germany and Romania in 2018, in this show he brings together his sculptural skills and his deep knowledge of floral design to create an installation in real time.

Recognised for their “uncommon originality and authority” (The NY Times), The Grigoryan Brothers will select a program specially for this event from their broad repertoire embracing genres such as classic, jazz and contemporary music.

The intimate nature of the Primrose Potter Salon makes it the perfect venue for this event. The audience can see the skill of the Grigoryan Brothers as they play, and witness the final work emerging as Shoso brings the elements together over the performance.


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