Acumen Aquatics & Vivaria
'Canberra's best in Aquarium, Vivarium, Terrarium & Natural Art'

'Art through science' -  AA&V is founded & operated by biologist turned artist Lea (BSc., Hons. First Class, MPhil; WWVP).

Dried arrangements, Suiseki & Natural Art
Browse the gallery below for a selection of creations past including dried & preserved flowers, responsibly collected, bottled, arranged, pressed, framed & sculpted; as well as art using wood, twigs, stone, fossil, bone & other natural materials.  Also browse modern Suiseki ('rock bonsai'), inspired by Asian art & 'scholar rocks'.  From large framed botanicals to dried terrariums, natural jewlery & sculpture - we can create & customise your perfectly preserved natural feature.
  1. Dried wild flower & gemstone necklace/hangers
    Dried wild flower & gemstone necklace/hangers
    Wild flowers, seeds, foliage etc both native and ornamental dried and preserved to hold colour, finely arranged and paired with high grade fine gravel and some with hand-crushed gemstone pieces.
  2. Miniature bloom keepsake
    Miniature bloom keepsake
    Specially dried rosebud and ornamental flower arrangement topped with old lace - in polished corked glass.
  3. Heart of glass with rose bouquet & peace crane
    Heart of glass with rose bouquet & peace crane
    A selection of premium dried roses & buds, paired with a white origami peace crane - within a hanging glass heart.
  4. Autumn Ikebana miniature
    Autumn Ikebana miniature
    'Autumn' - miniature dried Ikebana-style arrangement from seasonal Autumn foliage, berries and seed pods. In miniature stone-ware pot.
  5. Vintage sheet music crane and flowers in bottle
    Vintage sheet music crane and flowers in bottle
    Vintage sheet music is used to create an origami crane, paired with dried wild flowers, twisted twigs, dark substrate - within small glass bottle finished with twine.
  6. Suiseki & ammonite in noodle bowl
    Suiseki & ammonite in noodle bowl
    Suiseki stone with real ammonite fossil, polished and set in white fine gravel and upcycled small Asian bowl.
  7. 'The Mountains by the Sea'
    'The Mountains by the Sea'
    Suiseki inspired stone, sand and gravel arrangement in small bonsai pot. Coated to ensure arrangement stays in place.
  8. 'Snails day out'
    'Snails day out'
    Handpainted British figurines in dried preserved evergreen leaf arrangement - in miniature vintage ceramic hessian sack.
  9. Crane, lace and roses - miniature
    Crane, lace and roses - miniature
    White origami peace crane paired with twin tiny rosebuds, old lace, and framed in a miniature silver frame.
  10. Orchid layout in ornate frame
    Orchid layout in ornate frame
    Bright purple orchid flowers, flower spike and English ivy leaves presented in an up-cycled silver painted and distressed ornate frame.
  11. Twin lilies in silver oval frame
    Twin lilies in silver oval frame
    A pair of yellow lilies and ivy set against a minimal white backing, set in a vintage silver-plated oval frame.
  12. Gerbera pair in silver vintage frame
    Gerbera pair in silver vintage frame
    Gerbera pair with beautifully preserved colours, presented in mininal style together in a vintage silver frame.
  13. Orchids and clover
    Orchids and clover
    A trio of purple orchids paired with green clover in a small white and yellow recycled frame.
  14. Lily & Ivy
    Lily & Ivy
    Single yellow lily arranged with some petals folded, emerging from a vine of English Ivy. In rustic wood frame.
  15. Dancing gerbra
    Dancing gerbra
    Dried and pressed gerbra, yellow lily, and clover are arranged into a whimsical dancing lady.
  16. 'The Way Through'
    'The Way Through'
    Suiseki inspired stone, gravel and dried moss arrangement in recycled Asian bowl with Dragon motif.