Wire tree sculpture is nothing new. The use of wire in jewelry design is well known. However, when bonsai artists get involved, it all takes a beautifully unique 'twist."
Jun Navarro, Ken To and Amihay Yehizkiyahu are some of the best.
In July 2015, I saw a post by Tony Tickle showing a wire tree sculpture purchased by his friend Bryan Dillon.
It was amazing. I immediately wrote to the artist Jun Navarro in the Philippines, and asked how he got started creating his wire trees.
His response was a bit surprising.
"For me, it's just a coincidence.
"Almost 10 months ago, I was looking for some websites ... for real bonsai and how to take care of them ... on this website (BonsaiMary.com) for the first time, I saw Ken To's Bonsai Tree and I was inspired ... That was the start for me ..."
Although Jun is relatively new to the technique, he seems to be mastering it with ease.
You can see the amazing detail in this close-up picture.
I asked about the green coloring.
Jun told me "It's green florist's wire with a little paint to make them more realistic, based on real bonsai."
You can contact him and see more of Jun's work on Facebook
When I contacted Ken for his story, this is what he had to say.
“I made my first tree during Christmas of 2007 as a gift for my wife. In February of 2010, I made my wife a second tree for Valentine’s Day.
"My technique had improved by then but I still didn’t have the right wire. I finally found the perfect one for my needs and started making the trees.
(I always do things in abundance when I’m learning something.)
"It was the same as when I first learned bonsai, I knew the only way to get better was through perpetual practice.”
Notice Ken's tiny bonsai containers.
Many of them are from Jim Barrett, well known California bonsai potter (especially famous for his quality shohin and mame bonsai pots.)
Since his very first trees, Ken has been busy experimenting and perfecting his technique.
“Just as it is in bonsai, it takes a lot of time and practice to understand the material and respect it.
While my passion is still with live bonsai trees, these help me hone my styling skills and I never get bored learning anything related to bonsai.”
While Tony Tickle (British bonsai artist) was giving programs in Israel (Jerusalem Botanical Gardens bonsai exhibit 2012), he met Amihay Yehizkiyahu.
'Ami' had some of his wire tree sculpture in the exhibit.
Tony then shared some photos of Ami’s “art” on Facebook.
I was charmed by his lighthearted creativity! His scenes include trees, people and animals.
No doubt, Ami has a great sense of humor.
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