Time to pull up your socks

So Japan has been postponed. We made the hard decision to cancel our plans for now and it really has been a tough time getting back on top of things. Japan is going through such heartache that I really don't think it needs two more foreigners running around to add to the mix. It's been a real emotional roller coaster for me. I based my whole year on this trip and now I just got to pick up the pieces and start again....

I still have shows to make work for this year and I still very much want them to be Ikebana based. I think I will just have to work a bit harder and do more research to make this project work.
We thought we would try and lift our spirits a bit with Elizabeth giving me a crash course in floristry. We went to the Vic markets and picked ourselves up some lovely Australian natives (and some jam doughnuts, for research purposes...)

We got proteas, kangaroo paw and leucadendrons.

I think if I kind of can keep this practical based research going I might make some head way. The flowers have amazing textural qualities which I would like to translate to glass.

The proteas have an almost velvety kind of feel to them. Very tactile yet soft and delicate.

To me natives are just such a sturdy plant to work with. They have a long life span when cut and have such interesting shapes. I think there is a lot to work with here.

From a practical point of view, I quite like the simple round pot. I would like to experiment with blowing some organic shapes that might take on the textures of the plants or dirt.

Voila! The finished product. B.E.A.UTIFUL no? I just love that big open protea.

This one, also gorgeous, Elizabeth made. Clever little rabbit isn't she? I'm hoping we get to do some more lessons, it's a nice way to try and get back on track. It's a little shaky and there's been quite a few tears but I almost feel like I can see a path in the distance. Or maybe thats a twig, I don't know. Anyways, if you see me on the street just give me a hug ok? I might not ask for one, but I really need one.