Yesterday I took the time to take care of my juniper which I styled at Vienna for the EBA New talent contest in 2008. The juniper was in these few years a bit neglected and was in need of a second styling. The material itself doesn't promise much, so I decided to meke something special out of it and give it some interest. The new shape of the crown isn't much different from the original one, but the whole design is quite different. If nothing else this tree has some emotional and memmorial value for me.
In Vienna before the styling. The finished work for the NTC. The juniper a few days before the second styling. The finished product.
Today Jože (Joseph), a good buddy of mine gave me an interesting invite. He decided to participate on a contest and so he created something out of sushi. I brought along some bonsai and together we created an interesting composition of Japanese culture. Thanks again for the feast!
I hope you didn't think I was just hanging around doing nothing those two days. On Saturday Tony brought be a pine of his. The tree became quite international. It was dug up in Czech by Pavel who gave it to Mirek who gave it to Tony. And then Toni gave it to me to work on. Anyhow... The pine turned out to be a challange. It had a bad base/nebari, inverse tapper and the best part of the trunk was dead already. After a few moments of thinking what to do I decided to make a quick sketch of the future design and begun to work.
This is the finished tree. Not much far of the original design, huh? The second day I worked on a yew, which I brought home in the end in my suitcase.
The workshop was held on Saturday and Sunday in a comunity center of some sorts. Four artists were invited to give the participants help and guidence: Carlos van der Vaart, Will Baddley, Pavel Slovak and Terry Foster. There were a LOT of trees to work on and each and every one of them made a step foreward.