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My Design of a Tormented Soul with Harmonious Aspects

The story behind the Haiku in Bloom of Deborah Provenziani

By: DEBORAH PROVENZIANI | 22-10-2020 | 2 min read
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What to Expect at 'Kiku Matsuri'

I present one of my first large scale designs since my masterclass 'Bloom Up' with Tom de Houwer. I'm amazed at how all volunteers could capture the way I saw my design in my head. At the Japanese Garden in Hasselt, Belgium, you can visit 'Kiku Matsuri', Chrysanthemum Festival with a theme: Haiku in Bloom. Haiku, an unrhymed poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. The haiku first emerged in Japanese literature during the 17th century, as a terse reaction to elaborate poetic traditions, though it did not become known by the name Haiku, until the 19th century.   Deborah Provenziani 6 Chrysanthemums in Japanese Garden Hasselt for Haiku in Bloom - Just Chrys - Blog on Thursd   This Haiku originally was written in Flemish according to the Haiku rules, but freely translated in English it sounds like this:
I turn off the lamplight and my heart becomes a ravine in the moonlight  
Deborah Provenziani Japanese Garden 4 Haiku in bloom - Just Chrys - Blog on Thursd  

The Story Behind My Design

The text came to me in a very special moment of my life, it actually mirrors my recent mood which feels like a tormented soul with a harmonious aspect.     The elements that I immediately envisioned were the moonlight and the combination of ravine/heart as a feeling, deep inside, that could be lighted by the moonlight. Japanese culture is full of zen components such as circles which I used to create the heart. I took advantage of the structure's depth to express the ravine concept, and the color palette I have chosen is what in popular imaginary represents a heart's color. But I also decided to make a transition between a few color tones to represent the effects of the moonlight. The white birch bark is a botanical that best suited the idea of moonlight, the structure, and the design.   Deborah Provenziani Japanese Garden 2 Haiku in bloom - Just Chrys - Blog on Thursd   My efforts have been focused on giving unity and harmony to the design, I hope you will enjoy the story behind my Haiku in Bloom.   Deborah Provenziani 5 Chrysanthemums in Japanese Garden Hasselt for Haiku in Bloom - Just Chrys - Blog on Thursd
Deborah Provenziani

Deborah, italian resident, currently freelances in floral industry, moving in way to mirror her values and giving the ability to share them. She originally connected to flowers for personal reasons as she discovered her passion for the beauty flowers bring to people's lives as her friend was battling cancer few years ago. When designing she tends towards natural materials in lieu of choosing specific flowers to use she choose those which best suits the design mood :flowers are like actors with specific characters. Her style could be described as decorative and her main goal is remaining sustainable as her love for nature.

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