Alchemy Fine Hair is excited to host Jhonathan Ortega, Bonsai Artist
JUNE 3, 2016 6-9 pm
Alchemy Fine Hair is excited to host Jhonathan Ortega and his showcase of Bonsai.
Jhonathan is a self-taught Bonsai artist based in Upstate, SC. He moved to the US in 1999 from Mexico City. In 2012 his love of nature led him to a Bonsai trade show. Shortly after, he started experimenting with the art of Bonsai. Jhonathan draws inspiration from finding trees in poor condition and revitalizing them into Bonsai. The process is tedious, but the results are beautiful.
The word Bonsai is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized, but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one. Boxwoods and junipers are among Jhonathan’s favorite species.
Techniques such as pinching buds, pruning and wiring branches, and carefully restricting, but not abandoning fertilizers are used to limit and redirect healthy growth.