Fantasy Basel

Fantasy Basel – The Swiss Comic Con is the largest convention for pop culture in Switzerland. This fair took place from 18–20 May 2023 in the halls of Messe Basel. Creative makers and fans celebrated the fascination of creativity and imagination together in the real and imaginary world with a unique spectacle with stars, artists, cosplayers, film and TV studios, action zones, exhibitions, dealers, fan groups and thousands of visitors.

For the third time, the Ikebana International Basel Chapter was invited to be represented with its own booth. They had as neighbour the calligraphy master Takeda Rie, with whom they had already collaborated in the past.

The booth concept showed the connection between Ikebana and its depictions in anime and manga. Examples here were Magic Kyun! Renaissance and Girls und Panzer as well as Bleach. These series served as templates. The original arrangements were recreated and screenshots from the works were juxtaposed as printed posters. It showed the illustration and the real arrangement next to each other in order to illustrate the realism of the drawings.

At Takeda-sensei’s booth, the interplay between Japanese calligraphy and flower arrangements was shown. Visitors were also able to participate in workshops.

Until then and may the (flower) power be with you! 🌸

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VitraHaus spring demonstration (Apr. 2023)

The custom of celebrating cherry blossoms, which has been practised in Japan for many centuries, has also been adopted and cultivated on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, for several years as a connection to buildings by Japanese architects such as Andō Tadao and Shinohara Kazuo. This year, due to the cold and wet, the blossoms refused to open and so the cherry blossom festival could not take place in the usual way, with a stroll under the blossom trees and refreshments.
Instead, the library in the VitraHaus Level 1 opened its doors for a special event. On Saturday, 1 April 2023 and Sunday, 2 April 2023, there were Ikebana demonstrations with Monika Nussberger, Ursula Göldi, Wally Gschwind and Hedy Leung, each at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. After a short speech and introduction by Monika, the special challenge for Monika, Ursula, Wally and Hedy was that for the first time they make arrangements in vases by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec from the Vitra Shop, which was a very different and interesting experience.

The numerous guests also enjoyed the insight into the various schools, through the well-explained demonstrations, including a second demonstration in more conventional Ikebana vessels.
All the arrangements were displayed on tables. With cherry blossom branches, anemones, forsythia, iris, freesia, carnations, phlox, gypsophilla, corkscrew hazel, tulips, asparagus, salix, viburnum, strelitzia etc. brought spring into the home.

Looking out of the window at the upcoming cherry blossom dream and the memory of this beautiful occasion with many satisfied guests makes spring arise in us.

The Ikebana Basel Chapter would like to thank the entire Vitra team for this wonderful opportunity.
A big thank you goes to Jan and Monika Nussberger for the organisation. Thanks to everyone, including Peter, for carrying water over 2 floors countless times and also to the ladies from the reception who were very supportive.

The videos of the demonstrations can be seen on 🌸


4th Ikebana-Calligraphy-Ceramics Exhibition

Organized by the German-Japanese Society Freundeskreis Nagai-Bad Säckingen, the 4th Ikebana-Calligraphy-Ceramics-Origami Exhibition took place from July 3-24, 2022. Special events were:

July 3, 11 a.m.: Vernissage with musical accompaniment

July 10, 11 a.m.: Demonstration “Ikebana – Summer Impressions” with Wally Gschwind and Monika Nussberger, Ikebana International Basel Chapter 227

July 16, 5-7 p.m.: Origami Workshop with Elke Muche “From Surface to Form – Abstract Origami” (with registration, number of places limited, see flyer)

July 17, 11 a.m.: Lecture by Prof. Günter Figal “The beauty of vessels”.

July 24, 11 a.m.: Calligraphy demonstration by Takeda Rie

Place: Villa Berberich, Bad Säckingen

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3 I.I. Chapters Meeting in Basel

The annual meeting of the three Swiss Ikebana International chapters took place this year on Saturday, 27 August 2022 in Basel.
The venue was the Villa Merian in Basel followed by a guided tour of the extensive gardens. It was a beautiful day with beautiful memories. For the full report click here.