It has been quite a while since my last post- the first few months of 2018 I have been on a winter sabbatical of sorts- taking time to refill the well; to allow time and space for new inspiration and new directions.
One of those new inspirations has been my dear friend Lauren of Kinnabari Tea House in Salt Lake. It was a joy to share an ikebana workshop in the teahouse in December, and ever since I have been a huge fan of the deeply connecting and soul-nourishing experience of the community tea gatherings at Kinnabari. I have also had the joy of creating ceramic teabowls for Kinnabari- you can see some of my pots and find out more about the monthly community tea gatherings here .
For my birthday in January, I bought myself a new book: "the Nature Fix" by Florence WIlliams. Described as an 'intrepid investigation into nature's restorative benefits', through a skillful weaving of current research from around the globe, the book makes an eloquent case that time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. The book is at once entertaining and highly urgent- we live in an era where as a human race, we have grown shockingly distant from our natural environment.
A month or so later, I watched the documentary 'Rivers and Tides' and discovered the art and work of Andy Goldsworthy., a British artist known for his site-specific installations involving natural materials and the passage of time.
I realized I was being called to bridge the mental gap between the two main loves of my life: the oudoors, and art. What if the principles of ikebana (impermanence, the one unrepeatable moment of the encounter, learning from the materials) could be applied in a totally different context? I was drawn to play with snow and icicles on frosty mornings, fallen pine cones under massive ponderosas, dead pinon pine branches, rocks ( more pictures here) .
Instead of obsessively snapping pictures of all the beauty I found in nature, over the past couple of months, I have been coming back to the practice of drawing as a means of seeing. I will not bore you with all the details, but I wish to invite you to join me in exploring the space between creativity/art and the outdoors in the form of two very special workshops.
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.