Nestled in the heart of West End is a tiny gem that goes by the name of Hanasho Flower & Art. More than just a florist, the shop itself is a work of art. Bedecked from floor to ceiling in garden greenery and gifts made by local artisans, Hanasho beautifully encapsulates the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi – an appreciation of the imperfections of nature and the transience of natural beauty – in a way that is so very Avatar-esque.
Store owner Hiroaki Eba's Japanese heritage is evident in the store's décor, where tiny succulents and bonsai sit peacefully amongst magic mushrooms and bright ladybirds, while orchids and kokedama (living plant and moss balls) hang from above.
The shop last week opened its doors for the annual Christmas exhibition, a showcase of artists representing mediums such as painting, printmaking, ceramics and jewellery. One of my personal highlights is a collaboration between Eba himself (ceramics) and Mabina Alaka (fabric flowers).
I was privileged to be one of the 16 artists taking part in the exhibition, with a selection of my leather statement necklaces on display. I've been a stockist with Hanasho for about five months now, and feel honoured to have my work featured in a little patch of Pandora. I highly recommend taking a stroll to Shop5/235 Boundary Street - it'll feel like walking into paradise!