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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

4.09.2012

Flower Power

[Photo my own]

The first section in Bringing Nature Home opens with abundant cherry blossoms -- specifically a reference to Japan's centuries-old flower viewing custom -- along with Ngoc Minh Ngo's photo of a jaw-droppingly beautiful armload of branches on a bedside chest accompanied by the caption: "What better way to celebrate spring than to wake up under a cloud of cherry blossoms?"

I attempted to. This year I was lucky enough to achieve a somewhat similar effect with dogwood branches but, having only a few CBs on hand, put together just a tiny nod to the centennial of Japan's big gift to the U.S. And while the D.C. cherry blossom trees peaked early, celebratory events continue throughout April -- in some cases, beyond. Here are several related (or loosely related) exhibition reminders:

Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop;

Japan Spring encompassing Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji and Colorful Realm.

[Becci D Tana Lawn, a Glencot-inspired Liberty Art Fabric.]   

Influences ranging from the gardens at Glencot House in Somerset, England to the textile archives at Whitworth Gallery in Manchester to flower-filled paintings in the National Gallery informed Liberty's spring/summer 2012 Art Fabrics collection. Catch a behind-the-scenes video here.

2 comments:

The Avarice said...

Thank you for this post. I recently heard a segment on public radio about how many of our favorite garden additions in the US come from Japan and I'm sure the same is true in Australia. I know here in South Carolina, spring just wouldn't be the same without the Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias. Happy Spring!

Style Court said...

Avarice -- I agree. So, so, many Southern flowers/trees with Asian roots. Happy Spring to you!