Over one hundred great trees on display, eight demonstrations, free workshops for children and a wonderful location: Tony Tickle on the Bonsai Europa 2015 event. Almost forgot, Tony also shares studio-shots from the winning trees in this post.
Tony, for those that haven’t been at Bonsai Europa, could you describe the event?
Two years ago I was frustrated that the UK was sadly lacking when it came to being part of the European Bonsai scene. There were lots of small ‘local’ or specialized events but nothing on a large scale so I decided that I would organize Bonsai Europa. I put out the invitation to artists across Europe and the UK to present their trees at the event and the result was that there was representation from almost every nation across Europe. The support from traders across the continent was fantastic, 30 traders including Japan, Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Czech and France supported the event. Over 125 trees from 80 exhibitors, two ‘club’ shows, Suiseki displays and free children’s workshops.
And there were several demo’s, right?
There were eleven demonstrators from across Europe working on material that had been personally prepared by me over the last three years. The Demonstrators were: Andrew Campbell: UK, Bartosz Warwas: Poland, Falko Hamann: Germany, Jose Redondo: Spain, Milan Karpíšek: Czech, Nik Rozman: Slovenia, Ofer Grunwald: Israel, Sándor Papp: Hungary, Tracy Gibson: UK, Will Baddeley UK and Yannick Kiggen: Belgium
Will videos of the event be published? And what about a book?
I had a professional TV production company filming the whole weekend and a video will be available soon, as for a book, it will need to be crowd funded but I have the professional shots in Hi resolution ready to go.
Are you doing it again?
The event will take place every two years and Bonsai Europa 2017 is already in the planning, we have learned from what went well and what could be improved. Every trader wants to return as they had good sales. Exhibitors are now targeting trees for two years time.
That is great news! Having organized this event for the first time, you might do things differently next time; what can we expect
The event will be a two-day as this year, the ‘demo’ format may well change as for a big name… who knows?
A few photos from the event
The winning trees of Bonsai Europa 2015
Tony shared some studio photos already on his blog and allowed us to share the winning trees below. We asked Tony to share some insights for each winning tree; helping us understand how to value the winners and understand their qualities.
The judging of the trees was overseen by Steve McKee and was completed by all the demo artists and a couple of invited individuals. A total of 12 judges ensured that good cross section of tastes were covered. The winning trees:
We thank Tony Tickle for doing this short interview with us, and for supplying us with the photos. The photos can only be copied with permission from Tony, visit his blog yamadori.co.uk.