Jul 17, Asymmetry Podcast A place for conversation, incubation, and the connection of other mediums to the world of bonsai. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts , Stitcher , Spotify , or wherever you get your podcasts. Walk through the history of this collection, how it was created, and the relationships David built with the Montreal Bonsai Club as part of the collection's creation. Discover just how much of an impact David Easterbrook has had on North American bonsai.
They explore their thoughts on bonsai, and how individual cultures impact the evolution of this ancient art form, all while sitting in untouched nature full of ancient gum trees. Ryan and Lime discuss the collection with curators Lee Taafe and Samuel Thompson, diving into its origins, the move to a new facility, and the work these two are doing to bring this collection to its full potential.
Australian bonsai is rapidly growing and evolving, and this collection is at its forefront. Listen for a discussion on composition, what it means to redesign a tree or have your tree redesigned , and more on the new frontier of Australian bonsai. Ryan and Lime sit with Tracey Francis, a prolific ceramicist whose work evokes the unique and native climate, flora, and fauna of Australia in her shapes, colors, and textures.
The group explores her approach, her influences as a ceramicist, and the nuances of ceramics as it relates to Australian culture, and Australian bonsai. Tracey's work is exclusively available through Bonsai Mirai - to shop, click here. Most importantly, they announce the creation of the Ben Oki Scholarship Foundation, to fuel the education of dedicated bonsai practitioners, funded by the upcoming auction beginning September 3, of a stunning juniper collected and created by Ben Oki, most recently styled by Ryan.
Keegan Uhl In this episode of Asymmetry, the tables are turned: Ryan is interviewed by Keegan Uhl, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, leather crafter, Mirai Live member, and dedicated bonsai practitioner. Enjoy this new perspective on an interview with Ryan, where a Mirai Live student gets to interview the teacher. Advanced Class: Kokofu 64 In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan and a group of Mirai's advanced students dive into the designs, compositions, stories, and histories of trees in the Kokofu 64 album.
They critique and analyze this pivotal exhibition year, bringing their own experiences both in bonsai and in life to their discussion of these incredible trees.
Soil Science: Compost, Microclimates, and Biodiversity In this episode of Asymmetry, we take another deep dive into soil science. Soil scientists Casey Ernst and Keisha Wheeler, along with Ian Hunter, discuss the value of compost, and how to use it to create a favorable microclimate in the containerized environment. Casey and Keisha are attempting to create and improve a biodiverse compost - and they could use your help perpetuating biodiversity.
Listen to learn more about their groundbreaking projects. Soil Science with Ian Hunter: Part Two In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan and Lime circle back for another discussion of soil science with Ian Hunter after a long day of experimentation in the greenhouse. They discuss their findings, plan for the future and realize the vast potential of refining soil biology practices as they related to bonsai; this is truly the next frontier of horticulture.
Journey to Australia In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan debriefs his latest trip to the land down under: Ryan and Lime discuss the changes in Australia since Ryan's last trip, both to Australia itself and Australian bonsai culture.
Of particular interest is the growing use of native Australian species in Australian bonsai; they discuss some nuances of these unique trees, and cover how Australian bonsai is truly maturing and coming into its own.
The Art of Kimura: Part Five On perhaps our most ambitious series of episodes yet, Ryan and Mirai student Will Kerns are diving deep into an incredible book: The Bonsai Art of Kimura. This book, a pivotal piece of literature in the bonsai canon, is chock-full of magical trees created by none other than Mr.
Masahiko Kimura. Listen as Ryan and Will go page by page through the book—follow along if you have the text—and discuss the evolution, techniques, and history behind these masterful trees.
This episode covers pages through the end of the book. Part Four On perhaps our most ambitious series of episodes yet, Ryan and Mirai student Will Kerns are diving deep into an incredible book: This episode covers pages Part Three On perhaps our most ambitious series of episodes yet, Ryan and Mirai student Will Kerns are diving deep into an incredible book: Part Two On perhaps our most ambitious series of episodes yet, Ryan and Mirai student Will Kerns are diving deep into an incredible book: Part One On perhaps our most ambitious series of episodes yet, Ryan and Mirai student Will Kerns are diving deep into an incredible book: Ira and Darlene.
They're both dedicated bonsai practitioners with an extremely unique approach to the art form, based on their location—Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the toughest climates to cultivate bonsai in. They discuss the nuances of creating bonsai in the desert, their bonsai histories, both individual and shared, and their visions of the evolution of the art of bonsai. Stephanie Wascha Stephanie Wascha is an architect, artist, and author living and working in Seattle, Washington.
Her passion is connecting people with place; her work ranges from private residences to mixed-use development, from historic preservation to community art projects. In this episode of Asymmetry, Stephanie sits with Ryan and Lime to discuss her background in ceramics, her growing interest in bonsai, her architectural practice, and the line walked between architecture and bonsai—and what we can learn from it.
Her work pulls from biological and organic imagery; her main medium is carved wood. Pierre Seguin of Quebec. Pierre takes on all his pursuits with the highest levels of dedication; in this episode, dive into how bonsai correlates with all of his other passions. In this episode, dive into the world of professional bonsai and all it entails, on career, personal, and creative levels.
Will Baddeley On the 50th episode of Asymmetry, we go back to our roots: Ryan and Lime sit down with UK bonsai practitioner Will Baddeley Wild Wood Bonsai to explore his background, his trees, and most importantly, his prodigious carving skills. Walk with them through the halls of the exhibition, reliving the demonstrations, the incredible trees, and the bonsai camaraderie present at one of the world's finest exhibitions of bonsai. Modern Soil Science with Ian Hunter In this groundbreaking episode, prepare to expand your understanding of soil in the containerized environment.
Soil scientist Ian Hunter walks us through the capacity of soil to facilitate microbial growth and the balance between fungi and bacteria, opening the door toward fending off diseases and insects without anything beyond the soil itself. Dig deep into a largely unknown world, and potentially the most important aspect of plant cultivation: The Artisans Cup In this episode of Asymmetry, travel back in time to Troy, Lime, and Ryan sit down in the workshop and take a journey through the Artisans Cup book link to buy below and revisit the trees, displays, experiences, and conversations that made the exhibition great.
Ryan and Greg discuss Greg's journey as a bonsai practitioner, how his practice has evolved over the years, and perhaps their most interesting topic—an incomparable Southwestern White Pine, the only specimen of its kind currently living as a bonsai.
Ryan and Greg discuss this remarkable tree, once exhibited at the U. Repotting Season In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan and Lime explore one of the most exciting times of the year for bonsai practitioners: Asher Fulero who's worked for years as a musician with bands like Emancipator and his own projects, and as a producer and composer and bassist Josh Casey also a bonsai practitioner. Ryan, Lime, Asher, and Josh dig in deep to open the idea and concept of creativity, how it's represented in music, and how it ties a common thread through all different art forms.
They dive into art vs. And of course, there are some great stories from the road. They discuss artificial intelligence, that day's incredible sunrise, and debrief Ryan's trip to Italy. All four of them share their highlights of , and their aspirations for the new year. This is a first-of-its-kind of program, based on an artist-in-residency model, providing bonsai artists the opportunity to create works of art outside the limitations of the marketplace. For more information on the LAB project, click here.
His work touches on his background in physics and his life growing up in another country—both factors that have tremendously influenced his style and curiosity. In this episode of Asymmetry, he joined Ryan for a deep dive on sculpture, form, his own work, and how bonsai can occupy a space in modern art. Mirai Happy Hour In this episode of Asymmetry, meet the new members of the Mirai team—the folks behind the scenes producing the Mirai Live stream, videos, blog posts, and answering your every email.
We promise you'll learn something new about every member of the team. Telperion Farms In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan sits down with Telperion Farms owner Chris Kirk and his collaborator Gary Woods to dive into the intricacies of field-grown bonsai material.
If you have questions about field-grown material or are thinking of cultivating your own bonsai material, this episode is a must-listen. Student Roundtable On this episode of Asymmetry, join Ryan and a group of longtime Mirai students--most recently part of our Advanced Elongating Species class--for a discussion that gets deep into what it means to practice bonsai.
This group has a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge in all their chosen endeavors, and this episode digs into the cerebral aspects that each student pulls from their life into their bonsai practice. Their conversation is a powerful one: Tales from the Covered Wagon: On this leg of the journey, they stop in Denver to take in a bit of the local bonsai culture.
They also cross the Rocky Mountains—the backbone of America—which catalyzes some interesting conversations on the weather, driving for a living, and of course, bonsai. They recap the National Exhibition and discuss their thoughts on the show, along with delving into the evolution and future of American and Canadian bonsai.
Sara Rayner In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan sits down with Sara Rayner, noted and revered bonsai ceramicist, to discuss the impact her work has had on American bonsai. When she began her ceramics career, her work was considered controversial: National Bonsai Exhibition. Bill's bonsai career spans 50 years, with countless publications to his name. Where is bonsai headed in the United States, and what does that western influence mean for the art form?
Where is bonsai headed in the world at large? This is a true meeting of the minds: Kendall Strautman Kendall is a writer, digital producer, and developer for Mirai - the voice behind the Mirai Live cameras asking all your questions. Adam Johnson Longtime student and friend of Mirai Live, Adam Johnson, sits down with Ryan and Lime to get real about their hopes, aspirations, and fears involved in creating and working with living material, the challenges of using trees as a commodity, and how they are incredibly hyped on shinpaku junipers.
Todd Schlafer: Episode Two Todd Schlafer is a bonsai professional based in Colorado. In this episode of Asymmetry, Todd sits down with Ryan for another podcast in which they discuss the realities of being a practicing bonsai professional in the United States, and how the trees continue to refuel their creative fire. Advanced Class Bonsai In this episode of Asymmetry, Ryan engages in a discussion with his advanced class students. This is one of the largest podcast sessions to date, including some of Mirai's longest-standing supporters: Each of them shares personal anecdotes, their relationships with the practice of bonsai, and experiences with personal mentors.
Oscar Eisenschmidt Ryan sits down with the incredibly talented fabricator and friend of Mirai, Oscar Eisenschmidt.
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