Bonsai
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Bonsai
Papers – Washi, Optix,Uryushi, handmade, metallic
Framed size 508 x 406
What is it?
Bonsai means 'tray planting' and is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees.
Traditionally, bonsai are temperate climate trees grown outdoors in containers.
Styles of bonsai can be named according to the orientation, shape or bark of the bonsai tree's main trunk.
 
History
The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years.
This art originated from the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing but Japanese artists adopted a simpler style, increasing focus on the tree by removing decorations and using smaller, plainer pots.
By the end of the 18th century, bonsai cultivation in Japan was becoming widespread and it was no longer just the realm of the elite.
By the 1940s bonsai had become an art form of international interest and involvement.
 
Method
Bonsai uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, wiring, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees. When the bonsai nears its final size, it is planted in an appropriate size pot to restrict its growth.
Some species are popular because they have small leaves or needles, that make them appropriate for the compact visual scope of bonsai.
 
Display
Indoors, a formal bonsai display is arranged to represent a landscape, with a companion plant representing the foreground, and a hanging scroll representing the background. Many aesthetic guidelines affect the selection of pot finish and colour.
 
Fun Facts
  • One of the oldest known living bonsai trees, considered one of the National Treasures of Japan, can be seen in the Tokyo Imperial Palace collection. It is documented as having been cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu around the early 1600s.
  • The practice of bonsai should not be confused with dwarfing, dwarfing refers to genetic miniatures of existing species.
  • The First World Bonsai Convention was held in Osaka in 1980.
 


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