I'm Michael Ewens and I am a Sogetsu School Ikebana teacher, artist and demonstrator.Welcome to my site. I hope you enjoy and find my work interesting, I have tried to show  a range of work that I have undertaken since beginning  down the path of Ikebana.    I can be contacted at micol28@iprimus.com.au

 

A Short History.

I commenced my ikebana studies in 1994 after moving to The Gold Coast from New Zealand where I had led a very successful career as a restauranteur.   I  commenced study in 1994 with  Jackie Frauenfelder, the Gold Coasts leading teacher of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana... I relished the artistic freedom that this school provided in contrast to some of the older more conventional Japanese Schools.

I gained my fourth teachers certificate in 1998 and began teaching in 2001, stepping in for Jackie when she had had a fall and eventually taking over and continuing her classes that are  held in the Byron Bay district of New South Wales. My teaching level  advanced to 'Jonin Sanyo'

I was paricularly drawn to large works which I undertook  in shopping centres and large department stores  like David Jones and Diamaru. My first large work was in 1991 for  a fellow  ikebana student who was opening his beautiful garden to the public. Since then  I  have completed many large public installations in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales as well as being involved with The Lismore Chapter of Ikebana International. Plus a few very interesting commissions for some of The Gold Coast's leading interior designers.

Achievements

2002.Bush Fire. A large stage presentation with a 4 large works showing different aspects of a bus.fire complete with music lighting and smoke.

2004 Space Odyssey Winner Ephemeral  Award Thursday Planatation Sculpture  Show. 

2005 Life is Path accepted entry Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show.

2006 Invited Artist -  Toowomba Carnival of Flowers.

2007  ABC Garden Expo Brisbane.  Floral Display - Winner.

2007 Invited Artist - Toowmba Carnival of Flowers.

2008 ABC Garden  Expo Brisbane.  Floral Display - Winner.

2008 Invited Artist - Toowomba Carnival of Flowers.

2013  Opera at The Channon Northern Rivers NSW

2014 Opera at The Channon , Northern Rivers  NSW