Finding Inspiration – Interior Design Ideas from Japanese Festival

Finding Inspiration – Interior Design Ideas from Japanese Festival


0 [Title Logo] Hi everybody I’m Karen Lankford and
today we’re finding inspiration at the Japanese cultural festival. Our first stop is Obi Flair and designer artist and owner Dana Fisk Williams fell in love with the fabrics of the Kimono and the Obi, which is the belt worn around the Kimono, while she was living in Japan and now she takes those beautiful fabrics and turns them into these beautiful functional pillows to be brought into any home. As Dana explains it these could be a Kimono and Obi that may have once been worn to pay respect at a Japanese temple or serve tea to a grandmother and now it’s apart the colorful design in a home. Which makes me think what might we have that we could create a memory to hold on to with a beautiful accent piece in the
home. What about sending a college student away with a great throw pillow to place in their dorm or on their bed
that might have been created from a homecoming dress that they may never wear again or what about a bridesmaid dress. Your friend made you wear it maybe she needs a little throw pillow or lumbar pillow to put in her favorite
chair while she reads so she can always think about you in
that dress. Next I notice this beautiful large gold symbol hanging from the back of the performance stage where all the
artists were performing. Now this happens to be the symbol ‘Matsuri” which is Japanese for festival but
wouldn’t it be gorgeous for the back of a dining room wall to
have a large symbol painted on it maybe in gold leaf on a dark background in some symbol that would fit the
family and the dining experience, maybe Abundance or Prosperity or Gratitude. A great emphasis for the
dining room wall. Next I found the booth a full-time potter Miya Indo and Miya
Pottery. She has a beautiful collection of
stoneware and raku. And these beautiful pieces are designed specifically for ikebana, the Japanese art a flower arranging. Now this is a very disciplined art form and it is a practice, almost a meditation and it’s very minimalist. The arrangements
usually consist of only a minimum number of bulbs and it really emphasizes the line, the shape, the stem, the leaf, the structure. So it keeps it very
very simple [Background Music] These beautiful bases are circular very shallow but right down in the center they have a little set of spikes if you would and this allows you to sent a stem directly onto the spike. It holds it up very tall and because you fill the bottom of the
vase with water, the stem will just feed itself right up through the bottom and stay fresh and
lovely. So, I’ve raced home from the festival and I made a quick stop at the flower market because I got myself one of the most adorable little ikebana
vases [Background Music] OK, I’ve got my Calla Lily out and this has a nice straight stem, a really interesting flower on it and I
went with one that’s a little straighter because I’m gonna work in the Tulips. Now if I had wanted say something just to stand by itself and be really dramatic I might have gone
with something like that a little more architectural curve to it. So, here I have my first stem in place. My beautiful Calla Lily as the centerpiece. Next, I’m going to just add two of my Tulips so i have a simple set of 3 in my vase. Now, I happen to have company coming this weekend and so this beautiful little piece with it’s vase is going to go on the side table in the guest bedroom and
they get to enjoy it while you’re here and then take the vase home with them. [Background Music] Now next at the festival I met Catherine of Peregrine Arts Bindery. And Japanese paper making, bookbinding is all very much part of the culture. So, I picked up this is very cute one-and-a-half inch book with the beautiful cherry
blossom paper on the outside which the cherry blossoms a very much a
Japanese motif and as you can see this book folds out
into a cute little accordion. [Background Music] So, what I’ve done with our little accordion book is I’m gonna leave it for my guests so they
can create a little memory to take with them. So, I’ve said Welcome to Santa Fe and their dates are traveling on each
set at pages have given them a little start because everybody sort it gets writer’s
block when they are told “Here you can fill in your memories” but they never know what to say so I’ve
given them a start and they can fill it and to take it home
and remember their trip to Santa Fe And here it is set with their vase to welcome them. And just in
case you’re wondering what I did with all the rest of the Lilies and Tulips… well the dining room table is ready for
guest as well Thanks for joining us today and don’t forget to find and follow us
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