Saturday…with Japanese Aesthetics

June 10, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - ikebana

I always like using a sense of abundance and colour in my work but I also have to connect to a calmer simplicity at times…

I love the Japanese aesthetic principles, particularly wabi sabi, and as I have been working on a sponsored Instagram project this week using Japanese food…

…I have also completely fallen in love with the book illustrated by Florence du Cane which I recently borrowed from The London Library ( you can see more of it here )

I wanted to explore editing my images in a slightly different way to give the photographs the sense of calm I was feeling from Florence du Cane’s illustrations…

The illustrations have such a quiet, asymetric and simple beauty…I have inherited many of my Grandma’s ikebana ceramic vessels, metal frogs and ikebana snips…
I picked a small amount from the garden to create a reflection of the season as well as a sense of calm… rose… heuchera… quaking grass… heuchera leaves… virginia creeper…

I always think that I’ve picked very little from the garden but then when I work on an ikebana inspired arrangement I always find that I have way too much…I love how the plants lead the way; they undeniably know what’s aesthetically best!

You can view some of my Japanese inspiration on my 5ftinf Pinterest account and my Steller Story of this post here