SPIRIT OF BONSAI DESIGN Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Pavilion Books Pages: 160 Illustrations and other contents: 150 colour illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9781843400219 Categories: , , , ,

Written from a Zen perspective, this guide shows how an understanding of Zen aesthetics and its profound influence on bonsai design can improve your skills at shaping, displaying and appreciating bonsai. For example, most bonsai feature a triangular shape because it symbolizes the relationship between life-giving force, the artist and the work created. Similarly, bonsai trees are planted off-centre because they represent heaven and earth. The central point in the pot is where heaven and earth meet and nothing is allowed to occupy this space. Aimed at both novice and more experienced bonsai enthusiasts, the book explains the key stages of creating bonsai, from first inspirations in nature and choosing your tree to appropriate shaping techniques and practicalities such as root trimming and watering. The book features photographs and annotated illustrations of each major style and a gallery of bonsai masterpieces taken from the collections of some of the world’s most famous masters of the art.

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Author Biography

Chye Tan, a well-known bonsai expert, has over 20 years' experience of growing bonsai. He has studied with various internationally renowned bonsai masters, including the Japanese expert Hotsumi Terakawa and Belgian master Danny Use, who organises the most prestigious bonsai show in Europe. Chye lives in Holland.