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For quite some time, I’ve been eager to refine the headline to better capture the essence and authenticity of its Japanese roots. My aim was to infuse a more original Japanese aesthetic into the font style, and to incorporate the native pictogram for the word “Bonsai” in the poster’s title. The previous design felt overtly stereotypical and lacked originality.
With this in mind, I dedicated significant time and effort to re-envision and redesign the entire top section of the poster. My approach was deeply rooted in understanding and representing the philosophy and essence of bonsai. To complement this, I also incorporated a curated list that emphasizes the interconnected values between humans and nature, which I believe aptly embodies the true spirit of the Bonsai discipline.
Respect for Nature: Even though humans actively intervene in the formation and maintenance of a bonsai, there is a deep respect for nature intrinsic to this art. A bonsai is not just a work of art but also a living being, and the goal is to nurture it so it thrives.
Emulation of Nature: Bonsai are designed to represent nature in miniature. Through pruning, wiring, and shaping techniques, the bonsai artist seeks to recreate natural forms and landscapes on a smaller scale.
Listening: Each tree has its needs and rhythm. Bonsai artists must be attuned to these details, recognizing the tree’s signals and adapting their techniques accordingly.
Patience: Nature is unhurried, and bonsai requires time as well. Some trees may take decades to achieve the desired form. This relationship between man and nature demands patience and dedication.
Co-creation: While nature provides the tree, it’s human intervention that gives shape and direction. This balance between human influence and natural growth creates the very essence of bonsai.
Reflection: Caring for a bonsai can become a form of meditation. Many find peace and inner reflection while working with their trees, reconnecting with nature in an urban or domestic setting.
The new Bonsai LWAP revision is available for download for free in high res version and in the store for the full original format size.