Japanese Embroidery


Japanese Embroidery-Nuido, The Way of Embroidery

We are delighted to confirm that Val Evans will be joining us once again for our Bonsai World 2015 Show.

She first saw this beautiful embroidery on display at the Alexander Palace.  After enquiring about lessons, she was told that a tutor came over from the Japanese Centre in Atlanta every six months to give English pupils tuition.  After several years, they now have English tutors.

The Grand Master Shuji Tamura and his daughter Kazumi, come over from Atlanta every 3 years, which allows students to study new pieces under their tuition.

Val has attended courses at Salisbury, Stroud, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Cannes, France. She has also attended courses at Atlanta, USA, under the Master and his daughter’s tuition. All her materials, pieces, silks and needles, are directly sourced from the Japanese Embroidery Centre in Atlanta.

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A Brief History of Japanese Embroidery

Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu in Japanese) is an embroidery technique that goes back more than one thousand years. In its early stages Japanese Embroidery was only used for decorating items used during religious ceremonies. Over time, as shishu developed its own unique Japanese qualities and characteristics, it took on a more artistic purpose. According to historians, from the early Heian Period Japanese embroidery was primarily used for decorating costumes of the Ladies of the Court. During these early stages shishu was only available to a select group; only the highest ranks of society could afford such costly work. However, after a thousand years’ sleep, this cultural heritage, the fruit of countless predecessors, is now available to a wider audience.

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Talks from Amnon Paldi, Chairman of the British Suiseki Club


Bonsai World 2015 Show (8th/9th August 2015) Update – We are delighted to announce that Amnon will be giving two 30 minute talks on suiseki each day over the weekend.

AMNON PALDI, has been a bonsai enthusiast for over 15 years and is the current chairman of the British Suiseki Club and the Chiltern Bonsai Society.

His specialist subject is Japanese suiseki, also known as gongshi in China (where it originated) or viewing stones in the western world.

He has been studying this fascinating subject for the past eight years, and enjoys hunting for stones primarily in the UK and Italy.

“I am particularly interested in the Western interpretation of suiseki. Like with bonsai, Japan is still the basis for our appreciation of bonsai, but we are using more and more native trees. We respect the fundamental principles of bonsai but look at the world around us and reflect it in our work. The same, I believe, should apply to suiseki. Even more so as our capacity to understand Zen principles and the expressiveness of the Japanese language is somewhat limited.” – Amnon Paldi.

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Bonsai World 2015 Show Flyer

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Bonsai as it’s meant to be seen…

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Swindon ‘Like a Fine Wine’

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Today, Sunday 22nd February, saw the Winter Image Show at Swindon and like a fine wine, it gets better every year. As always, the show was well organised, running like clockwork, no doubt due to the…

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Bonsai Artists for Bonsai World 2015

We are pleased to announce two confirmed demonstrators for our National Show in August.

Firstly, Kevin Willson, founder of the Yamadori School of Bonsai.

Bio:  Kevin Willson was born in Essex, England, and moved with his young family to Kent in 1978.  His early career in gardening and appreciation of Japanese art and culture firKevinWillsonst led him to Bonsai in the early 1980’s.  With a sound horticultural knowledge, he began to develop his understanding of Bonsai from books and magazines.

He began to work with Yamadori Bonsai in the late 1980’s and soon became recognised for his unique Bonsai designs.  Following his early success as a Bonsai artist, he decided to set up a teaching facility.  The Yamadori School of Bonsai was started in 1999 and has since developed many great students and Bonsai.

The idea of the school is to promote the use of Yamadori materials and to help develop a new generation of free thinking Bonsai artists.

Website: http://www.kevinwillsonbonsai.com

PaulFinchSecondly, Paul Finch.

Paul is a seasoned bonsai practitioner from the UK.  He has had some coverage in magazines, such as Bonsai Focus and is often close in on the European Bonsai circuit.

But Paul has another side to his artistic talents – sculpture, and it is Paul’s sculptures which are really starting to turn heads.

This remarkable tree is actually a life size model made in clay.

Website: http://www.paulfinchbonsai.com


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Bonsai at King’s Palace, Bangkok

The Royal Palace or Grand Palace in Bangkok, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand.

Construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 and was completed in time for the coronation of Rama 1.  However, the present King of Thailand, Rama IX resides at the Chitralada Palace.

We would like to share a few photographs of the Royal Palace and some impressive bonsai on a friend’s recent visit.

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