As Big as a Bus!
1. PROJECT HANAMI
17th April - 31st August
The Japanese custom of Hanami celebrates the arrival of spring. Translated, “Hana” means “flower” and “Mi” means “look”. The Japanese have been gathering to admire the short-lived cherry blossom of spring for over a thousand years.
It is particularly poignant at this time as the delicate cherry blossom–sakura–symbolises the beauty, fragility and transience of life. It is a time for appreciation and making closer connections to others.
The giving of flowers is a cultural tradition in many countries. Flowers have a way of communicating deeply felt emotions without words be it love, gratitude, sympathy, grief, respect or thanks. Let’s capture the spirit of spring blossom and use flowers to send messages to loved ones.
Find some blossom or spring flowers and make a painting of them. Work from pictures if you don’t have access to real flowers.
Use colours that capture the fresh vibrancy of spring. You could include a vivid blue sky like the picture above. Try to avoid black outlines around the flowers.
If flowers are not your thing, paint birds.
Share a message – who would you give the flower to and what would you say?
Put flowers between two pieces of newspaper before popping into a heavy book. Leave the flowers for a few weeks to dry.
Create a journal entry. Where did you pick the flowers? Why did you choose those flowers? What went through your thoughts that day?
How has your life changed? What things are you struggling with? What positive things can you focus on?
Illustrate your journal with pressed flowers.
3D paper flowers
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Create 3D origami flowers. Our origami videos are coming soon, meanwhile look on youtube.
Share a message – who is it for?
Your flowers with messages will be turned into garlands for a community art installation.
When you’ve finished
- Photograph your paintings, flower pressings and journal entries, 3D flowers and email them to [email protected]
- Put Project Hanami in the Subject
- Include the artist’s name, age and the first part of your postcode (eg B92 if your postcode is B92 7EA)
- Add the name of the person with whom we should communicate for exhibition purposes
- Keep all original artwork safe—we will need this later for the exhibition
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