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I.I. 3-Chapters Congress 2024 call to registration

Registration has openend for the Ikebana International 3-Chapters Congress, which will take place in Interlaken on 7-9 June 2024.

Registration is open until 30 October 2023 at the latest.
The agenda in English, German, and French are at the bottom of this page.

Date: Friday afternoon 7 to Sunday evening 9 June 2024.

Venue: Hotel Artos Interlaken www.artos.ch
in single or double room / half board

Offer: 3x workshops of different Ikebana schools, lunch included

Exhibition with the created arrangements

Excursion in the area of Interlaken, lunch included

Exchange with Ikebana friends

🌸 Friendship through flowers 🌸

 

For more information send email

Invitation I.I. 3-Chapter-Congress Interlaken and registration (EN)

Einladung I.I. 3-Chapter-Kongress Interlaken und Anmeldung (DE)

Invitation I.I. 3-Chapitres Congrès Interlaken et inscription (FR)

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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! 🌸

#fantasybasel2023 #fantasybasel #comiccon #messebasel #Ikebana #IkebanaInternational #IkebanaBasel #Basel

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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 instagram.com/ikebana.basel 🌸

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Giardina 2023

Giardina, held in Zurich, is one of Europe’s leading indoor events for all things garden-related. At the start of spring, the biggest names in the industry present products, creative solutions, and future trends in garden design on around 30,000 m2 of exhibition space. Ikebana International Switzerland Chapters were invited again to exhibit exquisite works from traditional arrangements to modern installations, from various schools.

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Isamu Noguchi Exhibition

The Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern dedicated a retrospective to the designer Isamu Noguchi from 23 September 2022 to 8 January 2023. Isamu Noguchi is one of the most experimental artists of the 20th century. For Teshigahara Sofu (Sogetsu School), Noguchi designed an indoor rock garden at the headquarters in Tokyo in 1977/1978. In 1980, an exhibition was conceived there together with Teshigahara Hiroshi. Because of this relationship of Isamu Noguchi to Ikebana, the three Ikebana International Switzerland Chapters Basel, Geneva and Zurich presented an exhibition in the Zentrum Paul Klee in cooperation with the Japanese Information and Cultural Centre (JICC).

Exhibition

Saturday, 19 November 2022, 10.00 – 17.00 h
Sunday, 20 November 2022, 10.00 – 17.00 h

Demonstrations by the Sogetsu School

Saturday, 19 November 2022, 11.00 – 12.00 h
Sunday, 20 November 2022, 11.00 – 12.00 hrs

Workshops (limited to 12 participants, price CHF 10)

Saturday, 19 November 2022, 13.00 – 15.00 h
Misho School and Ohara School

Sunday, 20 November 2022, 13.00 – 15.00 h
Ikenobo School and Kagei Adachi School

Admission to the Ikebana exhibition and demonstrations are free. For the Noguchi exhibition, museum prices apply.🌸

#Ikebana #IkebanaBasel #IkebanaInternational #IsamuNoguchi #PaulKlee #Bern

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Saga Go-ryū Workshop with Els Schnabel

The workshop with Els Schnabel from the Saga Go-ryū School from Kyoto took place on September 23, 2022 in Dürnten near Zurich. Shōgonka was arranged in the morning and Moribana in the afternoon.

Date and time: Friday, September 23, 2022

Workshop Part 1: 09:00 – 12:00.
Lunch break, see below for details
Workshop part 2: 13:30 – 16:00 hrs.

Location: Room “Rosmarin” 1st floor, Garten-Center Meier, Kreuzstrasse 2, Dürnten 8635

By car: Oberlandautobahn A53, directly at the exit Dürnten
By train: S5 or S15 to Bubikon ZH, a few minutes walk to the garden center.
(Upon request, guests will be picked up at Bubikon train station).

Theme: Morning: Shōgonka
Afternoon: Moribana river landscape

Bring: Vessels:
For workshop part 1 morning: “cup” or “bucket-shaped” vessel, filled with gravel and kenzan, for the Shōgonka.
For workshop part 2 afternoon: a large shallow bowl, at least 30 cm in diameter. Stones for the riverbank. Personal ikebana supplies.

Materials: will be prepared and provided. It would be nice if participants could bring their own materials after reading the explanation of the planned arrangement.

Participants: min. 8 max. 12 Number. Participants Implementation according to current BAG protection concept. Insurance is the responsibility of the participant

Costs: 1 day, 2 arrangements Fr. 90.- for I.I. members
1 day, 2 arrangements Fr. 100.- for guests
½ day, 1 arrangement Fr. 50.- for I.I. members
½ day, 1 arrangement Fr. 60.- for guests

Registration: by 05 September 2022 at the latest by email esther.feucht@gmail.com

If only morning or afternoon possible, indicate when registering. In case of cancellation at short notice (5 days before workshop) or no-show, the course costs will be charged.

Lunch break: time to cultivate friendship through flowers and enjoy culinary delights together with ikebana friends in the self-service restaurant. The in-house pastry shop leaves nothing to be desired for dessert. Lunch is to be paid separately. A table has been reserved for us. We are looking forward to an atmospheric workshop with you.

Friendship through flowers
Ikebana International Chapter Zurich 214 and Basel 227

Workshop leader Els Schnabel (I.I. Germany South) accompanied by Beate Zieroth (I.I. Berlin) and Esther Feucht (I.I. Zurich) as coordinator.

Shōgonka was initially intended as a flower offering on the altar. The solemn, reverent style has evolved over time to fit other spaces.

Shōgonka is the embodiment of this concept, in which the six main lines represent these six elements.

Sky (Chokushin) infinite possibilities.
Wind (Hikae) supports life
Fire (Gyokushin) nurtures and purifies
Water (Nagashi) sustains life
Earth (Uke) supports and nourishes all things
Shiki Futokuro holds everything together
(wisdom) Maezukuri knowledge, judgment, energy

Earth, water, fire and wind serve to elevate from the foot of heaven, standing gracefully in the middle. Wisdom brings all the elements together in harmony and fills the whole with life.
The possibilities to represent the different elements are many, one is, especially for “school strangers” and relative beginners, to pick up the peculiarities:
The sky is straight and long
The wind is blowing, e.g. long grasses
The fire is blazing, e.g. a branch with red leaves
The water shows waves, e.g. with corkscrew hazel, shows at 90 degree angle
The earth is stable, e.g. a thick leaf or branch/twig, also at a 90 degree angle
Shiki, wisdom or beauty is made of beautiful material; flowers and leaves.

Everything is put very close standing, without being able to see through. 10 cm above the vessel remains free and is only partially covered by the shiki.

Moribana, river landscape
For the afternoon, when the morning’s Shōgonka is finished, I plan to arrange a river landscape. Landscapes are a specialty of the Saga Go-ryū school.
For this, a large ceramic bowl must be brought and 3-5 kenzan or more, depending on the size of the bowl.
Both riverbanks are designed (front and back) with large deciduous and coniferous “trees”, shrubs and small flowers on the edge and “rocks”; stones on the edge in the water. Dry wood, a “dead tree” is also used. The river meanders through the forest.

As written above, it would be convenient if participants also bring their own materials. The arrangements are elaborate and require a lot of material and if the participants get the info in advance already and think about the material, maybe some could already collect material in their own garden or in nature.

I am really looking forward to our workshop!!!

– Els Schnabel

We want to capture unique moments through photos or film. This is the reason why you agree to be photographed or filmed by attending the event. You understand that we will publish the resulting footage and memories of this event in print, online or on social media.

 

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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

More information at: ikebana-basel.ch/willkommen?b=100311&c=ND68

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Outdoor Workshop in Sissach

The Outdoor Workshop in the open air took place on 20-21 August 2022 at the Bierkellerhütte in Reusli, Sissach. Creating Ikebana artworks in nature is a wonderful experience.

Date and time: 20 August 2022, from 10:00 to about 15:00 o’clock
Clean up on Sunday, 21 August 2022, from 16:00 o’clock

Location and room: Bierkellerhütte in Reusli, Sissach (At the end of Reuslistrasse, at the edge of the forest)
Bring along: Ikebana accessories and material from the garden/forest edge or flower field

Costs: Fr. 50.- for I.I. members incl. sandwich lunch
Fr. 60.- for guests incl. sandwich lunch

Organization: Regula Maier, Monika Nussberger, Wally Gschwind, Ursina Früh

Dinner: Barbecue with relatives. Sausage will be organized.
Salads and desserts are welcome
Registration: by 5 August at the latest by email to ikebana.basel@gmail.com
In case of short notice cancellation (5 days before workshop) or no-show, the course costs will have to be charged.

We are looking forward to an atmospheric workshop.

In Friendship through Flowers
Misho Chapter, Ikebana International Chapters Zurich 214 and Basel 227

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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.