One of my most favorite things that I learned while studying ceramics is the Japaense aesthetic of wabi-sabi. When I first learned about wabi-sabi, I always defined it as finding perfection in the imperfections. An article I read today brings the definition closer and hits the nail on the head.

“Wabi-sabi, at its best, is a rich way of life. Or, at the minimum, it’s to be respected as a type of beauty. To sum it up, it’s a departure from perfection, and instead a finding peace of peace in our relationship with our environment. It’s a rustic approach to discovering the artful, finding the beauty in things imperfect, impermanent, incomplete. It seeks the modest and humble—the unconventional.”

The article also touches on four main guidelines tied to wabi-sabi:

  • Nothingness and Simplicity
  •  See the Overlooked in Nature
  •  Acceptance of the Inevitable
  •  A Focus on the Intrinsic

I wish I had something more profound to say on this subject, but at the moment my brain is toast. The article is more than worth the read, so check it out, yo!


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