A Day with Julie Chabrian

At the very core of the Ikebana mission is the directive to further peace in our world by developing mutual understanding and friendship with other countries and our neighbors through the art of Japanese Flower Arranging.   This art form crosses all gender lines, all race descriptions, is not bound by age requirements, and is available to anyone who wishes to enhance their lives and the lives of others.  The ability to make someone smile with a simple gift of flowers is powerful and enriches the lives of both the giver and the receiver.


Our Chapter understands that bringing our passion for this art form to others is as important as the enjoyment that we receive from making a beautiful arrangement.  To this end we conduct various events in the community in which we live to bring the joy of Ikebana to others.  Below we  post our current flyers for upcoming events, along with photo slide shows and results of some of the events we have already held.

The 12th Ikebana International World Convention


Will be held in Tokyo, Japan on May 1st - 4th in 2022.  We will bring you more details as we get them.




The 15th Asian Regional Conference


Is scheduled for November 9th – 12th in 2020 and is to be held in Hyderabad, India.  We will bring you more details as we get them.



Events & Outreach for 2020 thru 2022

New Ikebana Classes
Please call Inge Holland at 321-779-5445 or Midge Dunn at 321-549-3522 for more information.

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter # 216

Everything in this photo was made by Julie.  The beautiful Japanese inspired print on the wall is from
a woodblock carving, she made, all in one piece,  and used a steam roller for road work to print it on
muslin cloth.  She made all the tables of recycled wood and welded metal.  Three of her signature metal sculptures of “Ikebana like” flower designs are made of welded metal and ceramic materials.

See more photos of out trip on the programs page under the March 10 Program.

For more information on any of these events use the "Contact Us" page on this website, leave us your contact information, which event  you are  interested  in and  the appropriate Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter #216 member will contact you.

Ikebana  International  Chapter #216  was   well  represented  at  the

"Art In Bloom" event at the Vero Beach Museum of Art with arrangements done by Elaine Sigler, Barb Kaytes, Sheila Barboza and Inge Holland.  In addition, Barb Kaytes won Best Use of Color and Sheila Barboza and Inge Holland won the Curator's Award.  It was great fun with beautiful, creative arrangements. 

     Julie Chabrian is a metal sculptor whose work is influenced by Japanese floral prints and modern industrial design.  She graciously opened her Cocoa studio to us for a private tour and provided us with information on the process used to create her craft.  What an interesting day filled with lots of power tools, and many different types of art including metal sculpture, woodblock carving and stamping, furniture making, and pottery, just to name a few of her many talents. 
     We cannot thank Julie and her studio assistant enough for being so generous with their time and talents.  We came away with so many new ideas we could apply to our own art, as she also uses recycled materials and items from nature in her sculptures just as we do.