While doing my research for this exercise I was asked to research the concept Wabi-sabi

“Pair down to the essence, but don’t remove poetry”    

 ( Koren,2008)

I am blown away with the Beauty of this concept and also can relate to it as I’m aproching cough! Forty…cough!… Forty six!!!

I am asked to look at the imperfection of my chosen Items and althow I am getting to the stage of being bored of my chosen Items and really find it hard to find anything else to record I can see why I’m asked to do so.

I have always liked imperfect Items as they show the history and the journey that they have experience adding caracter to the item,in this case in the fabric. It tells a story and I have always been the kind to day dream wondering who and why? And how? And… If?.

When I first read Wabi-sabi I thought… Here we go! What now? But what a lovely suprise I got as I started to research the meaning.

Here I go I will start with telling you what I found out.

What is Wabi-Sabi?

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. Essensials are trimmed away, accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.

It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered.

It doesn’t apologise for time weather and being lovingly used. It reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet and that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in process of returning to the dust in which we came from.

Wabi-sabi embraces rust, frayed edges and the time they represent.

Wabi-sabi is:

  • Underplayed
  • Modest
  • Kind and quiet
  • Underrated beauty that waits to be discovered

Wabi means;

  • Harmony
  • Peace
  • Tranquility
  • Balance
  • Simple
  • Un materialistic 
  • Humble by choice 
  • In tune with nature.

Sabi means:

  • The bloom of time
  • Natural progression 
  • Tarnish
  • Rust
  • Beaty fleating 
  • Taking pleasure of things that have faded

Information taken of noble harbour.com

Oh dear! I think the description of the word Sabi is me! Hehehe.

I love the concept of Wabi Sabi, specially as we live in a society were if your not perfect or if your getting old you are made to feel like you loose your Value. I have always been one to buy antiques  and use them in a day to day basis and people saying to me that I shouldn’t use it as it’s  meant for special occasions.

I have always admired the houses that you see in magazines with linen curtains (worn  by the light) and a leather armchair showing the faded arms and flat cushions. Houses that only have the necessary but still look pretty.

I will be aiming to be more like this concept but most importantly for now applying it to my textiles. 

Have a Wabi-Sabi week end.

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