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Lecture Day

23rd March 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Mamiko Markham – The transition of garden styles – History and the bi-directional influences on art and design

 Mamiko Markham is an expert in historical textile research in Japan and Central Asia and has worked in 30 countries around the world as a textile instructor for UNESCO for over 20years. Recently, she has carried out research and lectured on, the 150-year-old collection of 400 Japanese textile stencils of Middlesex University. Currently, I reside in South Wales and work as an independent lecturer and am now preparing to take a Master of Philosophy at the University of South Wales.

 Japanese gardens were introduced along with Buddhism from China. The idea of these unique gardens began during the Asuka period in the mid-6th century. Japanese merchants witnessed the gardens that were being built in China and brought many of the Chinese gardening techniques and styles back to Japan where they seized the imagination; resulting in the creation of a unique style combining many art forms. During the 1300 years since, the culture of the Japanese garden as well as the changes over time have shown diverse aspects and designs were accompanied by Japanese aesthetic and philosophical ideas, avoiding artificial ornamentation, but highlighting natural landscape.

Mamiko will discuss the transitional process of garden styles over time with changes due to people’s taste, indicated by ancient paintings and woodblock prints. Each period of garden style will be illustrated through its history, highlighting the distinctive difference in designs. This will provide an opportunity to assess how each of these garden styles were adapted to interact with arts and the techniques used within Japanese garden design structures.

Martin Owen – Enlightment or Paradise?

Martin is a member of the JGS is a keen gardener and has diverse interests, also, he is the current administrator of the JGS Facebook page.

Things I learned on the Kyoto Seminar+ 2018. The seminar is run by the Centre for Research in Japanese Garden Art and History and was an amazing experience. I felt very privileged to attend.  Over 15 days there are carefully timetabled talks and visits, and attendees see very particular illustrative examples of Japanese Garden Art and History. Visiting gardens and interesting talks with so many knowledgeable people equipped me with more than one perspective to view gardens.   People responsible for the archaeology, reconstruction, renovation and maintenance of gardens gave us time to understand their work.  There were lots of surprises and plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the things I did not expect. There were moments of interaction with real garden beauty. There were moments where one’s critical faculties were sharpened.  I came home to rebuild my garden. I hope to develop dialogue on “Why make gardens?”

If you wish to attend this meeting you must contact northwest@jgs.org.uk, for the purposes of attendee numbers at the venue and catering purposes BEFORE March 19th, 2019


23rd March 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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JGS North West Region


The Living Well
Borough Road
St. Helen's, WA10 3RN United Kingdom
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