Kokedama workshop

Please note the date for this workshop has been changed do to unforeseen circumstances. Course date is now Saturday 1 September as on this website and not as advertised in the What’s On Guide.

Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai, where a plant's root system is simply wrapped layers of sphagnum moss, peat moss and bonzai soil and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptural art form. Loosely translated, ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ means ball. The kokedama originated in Japan in the 1600s and they were invented to allow Bonsais to live outside a pot.  Kokedamas encapsulate the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, which can be explained as an appreciation of the imperfections of nature and the transience of natural beauty. Characteristics of Wabi-sabi include simplicity, warmth, earthy, irregular, rough, natural, acceptance and observation. The Kokedama is created as a reflection of the Wabi-sabi principles.  Kokedamas are now making a comeback in various forms, shapes and sizes and are used for varying plant types. Kokedamas are versatile and can be hung indoors or outdoors. In this workshop, you will be taken through all the steps to construct your very own kokedamas, and how to look after your kokedamas once you have made them. In the class we will cover: • A brief history of the kokedama and the Wabi sabi principles • A step by step guide to how to make a hanging kokedama, the materials and how to keep them alive! • You will then apply your skills to make two kokedamas and the knowledge to carry on making kokedamas. Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting a bit muddy (this workshop can get a bit messy!)

Materials List

Please wear suitable footwear ie. no open shoes.

Tutor: Hilary Woodfine

Hilary is very passionate about bringing greenery to the indoors and her organisation,Tiny Paradise is working hard to make that happen. More and more research is coming out stating the benefits of having plants to detoxify the air caused by things like the Sick Building Syndrome. Buildings all over the world are being transformed into inside jungles like the most amazing Double Bay Library.  According to this TED talk, Devil’s Ivy (one of our favs) turns so much C02 into 02 that you could actually live in a sealed bottle if it was filled with enough of it. I am advocating having more plants in your living and working space so you can breath better air. Tiny Paradise has been teaching kokedamas at the Botanic Gardens and terrariums at the Uniting Care Birthday party. We were lucky enough to also be a part of the Qantas World Environment Day where we were amongst other emerging brands like Tesla and they gave away a free tree with every purchase (well they donated money to One Billion Trees Organisation who plant them for them)