Blossom Book

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

This beautiful blossom book was sent to us by Terry Ann Carter who ran the handmade books workshop during Sakura Days.

 

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

Each page is a blossom decorated with a colorful Urban Tea Merchant postcard.

 

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

Each postcard features a haiku by one of the VCBF Haiku Invitational 2012 winners.

 

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

To complete the binding: make two hole punches and insert an elastic grasping the small twig on the other side to hold the book together.

 

Sakura Days April 7 2013 Haiku at the GlassHouse

This book is a great memento since these were the same blossoms that decorated the glasshouse during Sakura Days. At the end of the event,  Terry Ann asked if she could have some blossoms to make a handmade book. How lovely to see the result. Thanks Terry Ann for this beautiful keepsake.

Cherry Blossom Cards

Sakura card by ndavid paper artist

These beautiful cherry blossom cards were made by ndavid, a paper artist, who displayed them during Sakura Days.

Sakura card by ndavid paper artist

You’ll find instructions on how to make these cards in the book “3D pop-up greeting cards” by Keiko Nakazawa. All patterns are cut using an exacto knife. Recommended for advanced crafters only.

Sakura card by ndavid paper artist

Mr. David is selling these cherry blossoms cards (and various other models) at the Granville Island market in the artist alley. Stop by and say hello.

Cherry Blossoms: a Textile Translation

Cherry Blossoms: a textile translation

Cherry Blossoms: a textile translation (Retrospective)

When: Saturday, April 6, to Sunday, April 21 — Saturdays/Sundays, 12 noon to 4:00pm, and Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00pm

Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue

Features work from many of the 50 international textile artists represented in four previous exhibitions.

Textile Demonstrations, Sundays, 2:00 to 4:00pm

Admission by donation ($5 suggested)
Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts and Historic Joy Kogawa House Society, and held in conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Also:

“Sushi and Samosas” Family Reading Event

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 to 4:00pm, Joy Kogawa House will host a family reading with Jacqueline Pearce, author of The Reunion. A Sikh girl and her Japanese friend have a fight, and before they can make up, all the Japanese-Canadians are taken away. Years later, two modern girls hope it’s not too late to repair the old friendship. For ages 8 to 11. Event includes a reading from this chapter book and a related craft activity. RSVP kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2013

weeping higan cherry tree at VanDusen April 7 2013

Sakura Days Japan Fair took place at VanDusen Botanical Garden on April 6-7 2013.  It’s a fun festival that celebrates Japanese culture and cherry blossoms. The weeping cherry tree were so beautiful and there were so many activities. Two days were definitely not enough.

VCBF table at Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival table.

Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013 vendors

Vendors booths.

Ikebana at Sakura Days April 7 2013

Ikebana workshop.

Sakura paper art Sakura April 72013

Paper art workshop.

Sakura Days Calligraphy Sakura April 72013

Live calligraphy (featuring the character for sakura, cherry blossoms) by Essence of Shodo.

Tree talk and walk with Ann Eng at VanDusen during Sakura Days Japan Fair 2013

Tree talk and walk with Anne Eng.

Haiku Stone at VanDusen Garden during Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Haiku Rock (in the cherry grove).

Anime Revolution at Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Anime Revolution.

Cherry blossom viewing during Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Cherry blossom viewing.

Sakura Days Japan Fair – Haiku activities

Haiku at the Glass House during Sakura Days April 6 2013

Many haiku activities took place in the glasshouse during Sakura Days Japan Fair.

Terry Ann Carter gives a small book demonstration at Sakura Days April 6 2013

At 12:00, Terry Ann Carter showed us how to make different kinds of books using collage, photo, text, and beautiful Japanese paper.

Terry Ann Carter gave a small book demonstration at Sakura Days April 6 2013

Her handmade books (accordion, flutter, origami fold) are absolutely gorgeous!

Michael Dylan Welch gives a Haiku workshop at the Glass House during Sakura Days April 6 2013

At 13:00, Michael Dylan Welch gave a haiku workshop.

Haiku Minstrels Vicki McCullough and James Mullin read haiku at Sakura Days Japan Fair April 6 2013

Our haiku minstrels Vicki McCullough and James Mulling were reading haiku and playing flute to entertain visitors in the garden.

Haiku at the Glass House during Sakura Days April 6 2013

Visitors were able to test their haiku IQ here!

Haiku at the Glass House during Sakura Days April 6 2013

Stop by the glasshouse to learn about haiku this Sunday at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden.

Terry Ann Carter gives a small book demonstration at Sakura Days April 6 2013

Workshops and activities on Sunday April 7, 2013 include:

12.00 Haiku and small book demonstration

13.00 Learn haiku workshop

14.30 Haiku reading on the cherry stage

15.00 Haiku walk

What’s up at Burrard Skytrain Station

The cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station

At the Burrard skytrain no cherry blossoms yet, but plenty of buds!

Knitted blossom hung on a cherry tree at the Burrard Skytrain

The only cherry blossom I found was this knitted blossom that someone had hung on a branch. (This reminded me of the yarn bombing of Joy Kogawa’s house in 2011!)

The cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station

The good news though is that the Akebono cherry trees are full of buds which means that cherry blossoms are only a few weeks away.

The cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station

The cherry buds give the trees a nice green glow.

The cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station

In a few weeks, there will be so many cherry blossoms on these branches you will barely be able to see the sky!

Don’t forget to reserve your SakuraB bento box to picnic under the blossom at the Burrard skytrain station during our popular Cherry jam concert (April 4th).

Playful Wind

Playful wind: a haiga by Annette Makino

Haiga by Annette Makino (www.makinostudios.com) used with permission

Annette Makino captured the playfulness of the wind in the cherry tree in this beautiful haiga painting.

A haiga is a brush and ink painting done to accompany a handwritten haiku.  Start by writing your own haiku, or get inspired by reading the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2012 winners, then illustrate it.

Share your cherry blossom haiga with us on the VCBF Facebook page!