Kokedama is a style of simple Japanese Bonsai, where a plant’s root is wrapped in moss and bound by threads (“koke” means moss and “dama” means ball). This simple sculptural art form encapsulates the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which is often defined as an appreciation of the imperfections of nature and the transience of natural beauty. This workshop includes a historical and cultural overview of the art form as well as guided instruction on how to create your own arrangement.
Participants, please bring the following materials to class:
- Ikebana scissors or garden scissors
- A plastic bowl of 5”-10” diameter (such as a small salad bowl or Tupperware container) to cut flower stems.
- A camera
About the instructor, Yuko Tiernan:
Yuko Tiernan's passion is creating ikebana that blends Japanese simplicity with Western vibrancy. She aims to promote wellness by bringing the therapeutic effects of mindful ikebana to the community.
In addition to teaching sensory stimulating ikebana to young autistic adults, Yuko also creates arrangements for offices, restaurants, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
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