2018 BSV Monday – Styling Native Trees – Roger Hnatiuk

The BSV had great pleasure in welcoming Roger Hnatiuk to our Monday meeting to talk about the design and styling of bonsai in the context of Australian tree species and landscapes.  It was a very interesting and informative discussion and several of Roger’s views on these subjects are included below.

  • In designing Australian species as bonsai, Roger suggested we should design to tell stories that connect with the landscape, its colour and its people.
  • The essentials for Design include
    • Wire, soils, tools, etc.
    • Artistic concepts, balance, colour, texture, movement, etc.
    • Knowledge and experience of trees, how they grow, etc., and
    • Your spirit, soul, artistic voice, style.
  • Roger noted that many bonsai enthusiasts were often more impressed with the design rather than the art and the aesthetics.
  • Pictures of several trees were used to illustrate how the tree and the pot could work together to tell a great story that was more than just the tree’s form.
  • Roger challenged the desire to have one front only suggesting that other views can be important as well.  Be mindful of how your tree will be displayed and viewed when styling your tree.
  • Studying trees in their natural environment can assist in the styling process.
  • Roger reminded all of John Naka’s quote.  “Don’t turn your tree into a bonsai, turn your bonsai into a tree.”.
Roger reviewing a Banksia.
Roger reviewing a Banksia.
Roger reviewing a Baeckea
Roger reviewing a Baeckea

Many thanks to Roger for his insightful views.

Victor thanking Roger.
Victor thanking Roger.

 

Photos of bonsai on display are included below.

Chaenomeles japonica
Chaenomeles japonica
Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple
Banksia integrifolia
Banksia integrifolia
Baeckea brevifolia
Baeckea brevifolia
Baeckea brevifolia
Baeckea brevifolia

2018 August Workshops with Don De Luca

On Saturday the 11th August we had the wonderful Don De Luca conduct two workshop sessions. Everyone had a fantastic time working on their trees under Don’s watchful eye as he helped each participant develop an improved tree.

Don’s vast experience with a variety of tree types and his bonsai styling skills provide an opportunity for members to learn much in this workshop. Everyone not only enjoyed the workshop but appreciated Don’s warmth and friendship.  It was a huge learning curve for a few members as this was the first time they had participated in or experienced a workshop and they want more as they can see the benefits of working with a wonderful tutor and teacher.

Don was delighted with the range and pearls in the material to be worked on. Too soon we ran out of time but look forward to having Don back.

Many of you had the fantastic opportunity of working with Bjorn at the AABC conference and I am sure you all agree that that was a fantastic opportunity to not only working on your tree but with a wonderful and talented person.

Several photos of the workshop activity are included below.

Don fine tuning the styling.
Don fine tuning the styling.
Jade tree having an extensive haircut to encourage finer ramification.
Jade tree having an extensive haircut to encourage finer ramification.
Rubber and wire applied to this Pine prior to bending.
Rubber and wire applied to this Pine prior to bending.
Eucalyptus after a new pot.
Eucalyptus after a new pot.
Don indicating which branches are not required for this style.
Don indicating which branches are not required for this style.
Don contemplating best style options for this Pine.
Don contemplating best style options for this Pine.
Back of fig showing styling work in progress.
Back of fig showing styling work in progress.