Tai Carmen

Characterized by asymmetry, irregularity, simplicity, economy, austerity—modesty & intimacy—wabi-sabi values natural objects & processes as emblems of our transitory existence. Rust, woodgrain, freckles—the texture of life.

Developed in the 15th century in reaction to the lavish, ostentatious ornamentation of the aristocracy, wabi-sabi centers around three principals: “nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished.”

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  1. shinichi says:

    Wabi-Sabi: The Beauty of Imperfection

    by Tai Carmen

    http://taicarmen.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/wabi-sabi-the-beauty-of-imperfection/

    Though the concept of wabi-sabi is vast & elusive, most agree the closest Western translation is “rustic.”

    “Wabi” refers to stark, transient beauty, while “sabi” denotes the poetry of natural patina & aging, with undertones of yūgen—profound grace and subtlety. Age, damage & natural processes are not seen as flaws, but as deepening & enriching an object’s beauty & profundity.

    It is not only natural process that wabi-sabi celebrates, but subtlety & suggestion.

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