ELEMENTAL FORMS: NOTES ON TOPIARY AND SCULPTURE
"I think a sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things...the growth in a flower, the hard, tense strength, although delicate form of a bone; the strong, solid fleshiness of a beech tree trunk...they’re all part of the experience of form and, therefore, in my opinion, everything, every shape, every natural bit of form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like are all things that can help you to make a sculpture." - Henry Moore
Image is Levans Hall, Cumbria
IKEBANA AND ITS ITERATIONS IN WESTERN CONTEMPORARY ART
"Evans transformed the garden into a type of stage set with a mise en scène of various installations. Pine trees, floor to ceiling pillars of lights, automated crystal glass flutes, and neon text relating to the Japanese translation of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time paid homage to what we don’t necessarily see with our eyes and the ‘texture’ of time itself. The deeply phenomenological invocation of the invisible recalls the way in which ikebana arrangements stand as a referent for deep-seated feeling and the conflation of space and time..."
Image is Cerith Wyn Evans, Isamu Noguchi’s Garden at Sōgetsu in 2023.
NAUM HOUSE PRESENTS THE FLOWER ROOM: An Ikebana Workshop
To mark the occasion of our new website, we invited friends to an ikebana workshop. Everyone made their own arrangement using our Niwaki tools and Troy Town ikebana bowls.
Despite everyone having access to the same species of branches and flowers, and the same tools, each arrangement came out completely unique. As our ikebana master Shoko says, “Each ikebana arrangement reflects the maker in that particular moment of their life.”