I have to admit that we were a bit dismayed with Park City style when we moved here from Japan in 2014. I have nothing against lycra and lululemon, we're talking beds made out of logs, and dark, ponderous, over-sized homes. Not that all Japanese live in perfectly minimalist zen homes (we've all embraced Marie Kondo's 'Magic Art of Tidying Up' right?), but in general the Japanese aesthetic tends towards light and bright, and small. But I diverge, to be fair, Parkites are a sophisticated group as well, and the trend is definitely moving away from the outdated log-home inspired decor of the 90's to a more modern and contemporary feel.
Case in point was the amazing home by Blackdog Builders in the recent Park City Showcase of Homes. Full of unique details, clean, modern design and unique artistic touches, the home is truly a sight to behold. And lucky me, this was to be my backdrop for ikebana for the two weekends of the event.
Since Ikebana is delicate and usually needs to be made on site, and hence is created specifically to resonate with its surroundings, this was a perfect match.
Lara Chho was raised as a global citizen, living all over the US and Africa as a child and youth, and living in Japan from 1998 and 2013 where she met her husband and raised her 3 children. She has been exploring clay since 1992 and flowers since 2006. She is passionate about using the arts as a means for self-discovery and for building community.