Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a term that has cropped up in my world several times in the past couple years. It's a Japanese  "world view" or "outlook" that asks us to embrace the "acceptance of transience and imperfection". I have to say I like that. Seems much more realistic than trying to make everything perfect or expecting it to be possible. This outlook finds the beauty in imperfection. The bowl below is gorgeous in it's repair of imperfection. Seen here in an article about Wabi Sabi in architecture.

 Last fall I attended a workshop focused on creating multiple book structures with paste paper techniques, resists, Eco dyeing,  and our own handwriting in many forms, both legible and not. We were urged to get this book. I'll be honest. I never quite made friends with it. It may one I have to revisit at different times in my artistic journey to fully appreciate.

The exercises we engaged in were however freeing. We layered lots of techniques on top of one another not knowing what the ultimate out come would until we got further along in the process. Rather freeing.  Below are shots of one of the books I yet unfinished, so you are seeing different elements in potential placement on pages.

I would love any questions regarding how these looks were accomplished or materials used.  Try looking for the Wabi Sabi in your own life.

1 comment:

  1. Linda, I'd love to know how these were accomplished and just what materials were used. I, too, have the book and haven't, as you so eloquently put it, "made friends" with it either. I have been meaning to write but do want you to know that we'd love to have you both stay here when you're out this way.


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