Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging. It was introduced to Japan in the sixth century by Chinese Buddhist missionaries. Ikebana is based on harmony of simple linear construction and appreciation of the subtle beauty of flowers and natural materials, including branches and stems. Rules that govern the formal schools of Ikebana include dictating the height of stems, types of containers, and placing stems at certain angles.
I love this chair makeover from Craft magazine photo editor, Sam Murphy. Here's what she started out with.
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Last night I popped into the Craft Within Reach trunk show in Berkeley, California. A collaboration between Design Within Reach and Craft magazine, the event showcased many local artists and craftspeople displaying their handmade wares. DWR also featured its largest gift selection ever with many items priced under $100.
I was impressed with all of the wonderful vendors, but some of my favorite finds included the gorgeous, letterpress papercrafts from Victoria at Milkfed Press, the Japanese-inspired hide boxes from Modern-Twist, and the funky felted pebbles that Kelly, owner of Relish at Home displayed.
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This weekend thousands of geeks crowded into the San Mateo fairgrounds for Maker Faire, a celebration of crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself projects put on by Craft and Make Magazines. For those of you who have never attended the event it's a mixture of the world's largest science fair, a craft festival with a mini dose of Renaissance Faire (seriously, there were people jousting and dressed up in corsets, though I am still not 100 percent sure why). I will be sharing stories about some of my favorite geeks in attendance all week, but here is a little teaser of some of the most exciting exhibits at the event.
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