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Ikebana – a brief overview of Japanese flower arrangements

At various library sales, I found two wonderful little books, dating back to the mid-1950’s, explaining the art of Japanese flower arrangements. Both were written to demystify Japan to foreigners; one was issued by the “Japan Travel Bureau, Tokyo” as … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – twice or three times removed

Back in my art school days, I had a fascination with the people making up the Factory entourage – the rag tag collection of interesting, idiosyncratic individuals surrounding Andy Warhol, that could be counted on to partake in all manners of artistically expressive and … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – ocean treasures

During our last day on the southern Oregon coast, we ventured into town, and came upon this incredible fish, made with sea trash that had been washed ashore and collected. Turns out, Henry the Fish, and many other fantastic sea … Continue reading

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Thoughts on domination, niwaki and the topiary arts

Gardening often involves some kind of artificial growth control. For the most part, it’s a fairly innocent activity, like mowing, edging, weeding, or deadheading. Sometimes, it’s a more invasive form of control, like pruning or shaping, or even complete removal. Often, … Continue reading

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