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.  




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