Exhibition “World of fascinating pine art flowers” by Mari Shimizu | Fukui Kougeisha Craft Gallery

Exhibition “World of fascinating pine art flowers” by Mari Shimizu | Fukui Kougeisha Craft Gallery


I am Shimizu. I like pine cones, and I make flowers with nuts. I like roses but it is not enough for flower arrangement only by roses. Then, I have tried many things to make different flowers and I made these ones. I think there are about 40 kinds. I like the warmth of woods. So I stick to wooden flowers and make them. Do you gather them by yourself? Yes, I do. I went all the way to Ishikawa and Gifu Prefectures to look for them. As for these pine cones for big cedar roses, they finally start to grow pine cones from around the age of 30 years. Finally, they grow pine cones to produce offspring but the roots got weak. Last year and this year, typhoons uprooted the trees, so I had to go farther and farther away to look for pine cones. Well, this Oxalis was the hardest one. It was hard to make the flowers and leaves. At first glance, it looks simple though. Yes, it is. It is a strong weed in a corner of the yard. And your favorite one is this one, right? Yes, I made with various many light blue flowers. It was pretty hard. You had to cut and shave the pine cones to make various shapes? Yes, so it hurts my hands. No wonder that it’s kind of woodworking. Exactly. It is woodworking. It is since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. I received a mental shock terribly and became inclined to do something, so I started to make wreaths in the year. In Europe, I’ve heard that wreaths are made in the hope of eternal happiness. But despite “eternal happiness”, wreaths or dried flowers would fade away in a half year. So I wanted to make works strong and colorfast that can last while I’m alive at least. I tried many things and it turned out like these. Well, I reproduce nature similar colors as close as possible. But for works such vintage look or antique look ones, I color original with the atmosphere. You didn’t learn from someone and created all by yourself? Yes, I did by trial and error. What kind of works would you like to make from now on? Not only wreaths, but I would like to make small trellises, wall-hung flowers and hanging clocks as well. And if possible, I would like to make blossom crowns and small corsages for wedding. Pine cones are very auspicious, which are fruits of union. So I think that flowers made with hard hulls that precious seeds that produced everlasting life are wrapped are auspicious and meaningful themselves. I think so, too. They are perfect for wedding. When brides change costumes, I will be so glad if they would hold the flowers in their hands.

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