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What makes leaves beautiful?

Poppyseeds

Words / Jas Tse
Translation / Iris Heung

在輕輕柔柔的氣氛裡,有些異樣的神態,被小蟲嚼過的葉子掉到地上,吸引他撿拾,如些細細碎碎,卻是他眼中的瑰麗寶藏。

我湊近,遠看像懸浮半空的小片小片葉兒花芯,如羽毛輕,在光裡若隱若現。

「大自然的形狀本來就很美。」

There is something unusual in the serenity: a leaf was bitten by an insect and fell onto the ground; the fallen leaf caught his curiosity, so he picked it up. The leaf was almost falling apart but, to him, it was a precious treasure.

I went a bit closer, it looked like tiny bits of leaves and anthers as light as a feather floating in the air, appearing partly translucent when the light shined on it.

“Nature is intrinsically beautiful.”

一個個握在手心的御守,形態跟平常看到的不太一樣,如鳥巢般包裹,不說也不知是御守,反而像人路過掀起了風,地上的碎葉被捲起來了,有的緊靠在一起,形成一撮撮一球球的。「我以前收到過別人送的小小護身符,現在仍記得當時的溫暖。」心中一直想透過他喜愛的自然世界,來表達自由的意義。

Poppyseeds,由是枝錬太郎、是枝優喜子二人組成的花藝工作室,內容涉獵擺設與小物、庭園花藝等空間設計。Poppyseeds是他們喜歡的蛋糕口味,也愛這個字的發音。錬太郎在家門外栽種出大大庭園,作為自己一片小森林。

These Japanese amulets have a different appearance from those we usually see. They have the shape of a bird’s nest that I would not know they were amulets if no one told me so. I would have imagined them as broken leaves rolled into a ball. “Someone once gave me an amulet. I can never forget how warm and grateful I felt.” He always wants to present the idea of freedom through a representation of nature, which is where his love lies.

Poppyseeds is a florist founded by Rentaro and Yukiko Koreeda. Their products range from home decorations, accessories, garden, to exterior and interior design. The two named their brand Poppyseeds as they love poppy seed cake, and they just simply like the pronunciation of the word. Outside of their house is a vast garden area, which Rentaro sees as his little forest.

面對不可預測的自然之物的人,會習慣傾聽大自然之聲,也會傾聽自身,然後把自己的東西變成了作品吧。「隨著季節流轉,當作品漸漸變色,在乾枯變調的時候,也想擁有它們的人能感受到『這曾是某人的想法呢』。」

「美麗的葉子是怎樣的?美麗的花是怎樣的?美的形式,只是取決於我吧。」

Interacting with unpredictable things, one learns to listen to the voice of nature and one’s own self. This is how we can transform our creativity into an artwork. “Time goes by as we welcome the arrival of another season, the color of our work changes as well. When the flowers wither, we wish the owner could still remember the floral design was once an idea of a person.”

“What makes leaves beautiful? What makes flowers beautiful? Beauty is a pure concept that can be determined by myself.”