August 18, 2011

wabi-sabi lit

I found this book at the Japanese bookstore in Seattle while I was wandering about the town last week. Wabi Sabi! No, it's not the newest dance craze that's hitting your town. It's been around for centuries but it's totally current and fresh! Wabi Sabi, as I have been learning more and more about is a Japanese design aesthetic that embodies the ideas of impermanence, irregularity, incompleteness, and imperfection. Stuff I can relate to. I've decided it is not only a philosophy I want to hold in mind when I design but also in my everyday life. It IS life. It's the sort of thing that I am drawn to because it's a little rough around the edges. In other words, it's kind of sad and depressing. It's like the sad Leonard Cohen song or the sad Mandy Moore film you can't help but love!

(ah...reading philosophical art books in the backyard of my parent's quaint)

Just today my massage therapist recommended another book to me that reminded me about my
quest for wabi sabi. It's called Women Who Run with the Wolves. I guess it's essentially a bunch of myths and fairy tales that explore the idea of the"wild woman archetype". This "wild woman" is similar to a wolf mother in that she is in touch with her primitive side and makes decisions based on her instincts. What most sparks my interest is the idea of fairy tales representing strong, powerful women! That's totally my jam! Just watch my next collection be totally wild and crazy! Ariel gets her legs and runs with wolves! Belle falls for Teenwolf!

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