What is Wabi-Sabi?
I have mentioned that it is a major influence of mine but I've never explained it. High time I did.
A direct translation is difficult because it is more of an aesthetic displaying a way of thinking.
What it's not is a show of wealth, or a convoluted, highly polished presentation of perfection which is more of a western ideal. Social media grrrrrr
Wabi-Sabi principles include austerity, asymmetry, modesty and an appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature.
I like to think that by embracing this concept I remember that I'm part of the whole and not outside of it.
imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete
My work shows the process, there are visible marks, it's quirky and understated. Plus I hope that wearers and collectors embrace the changes over time, be that the wearing away of the metal to reveal more of a cast-in-place stone or it's patina or oxidation.
I could go on and on about this topic ('no, really, Leah'?!). So if you want to know more just hit me up.