Sunday, April 10th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
Styling a tree involves not only developing branches and foliage, but creating proportion, age, and drama. Study of the tree may show that if several of the branches are jinned ("jin" is Japanese for a barkless dead branch) there will be a better sense of proportion and balance. And if shari ("shari" is Japanense for a barkless section of trunk) is created, that the tree will have more drama and great possibilities. However, some create jin and shari areas because they look "cool," even though they do not make sense for the tree. Travis Goldstein will "blend" the process of creating a tree, such that the appearance of the tree makes sense, both style-wise and artistically. He will show us carving techniques and the thought process he uses to create natural jin and shari that help to tell the story of the tree.
In addition to the demonstration, a workshop will be held from 1-3:30PM. There are 5 openings to work with Travis. Bring your own tree that you would like help with on jin and shari creation or re nement. Some carving tools will be available. Email Charlie Mosse at firstname.lastname@example.org for an opening. Cost is $40 per person.
Travis has studied the art of bonsai in both America and Japan; and, in fact, he just returned from another trip to Japan. The majority of his studies have been under Mas Ishii of Chikugo-en in Gardena, California. Travis has a bonsai nursery and studio called California Bonsai Studio located in Moorpark, California where he grows thousands of trees from pre-bonsai to bonsai. He was recently a featured presenter at the California Shohin Seminar.