wabi sabi simplicity

wabi sabi: beauty in imperfection. According to wikipedia, its characteristics include “asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes”.
This was the theme for this month’s art quilt challenge for our fabric journal pages. It proved a challenge in more ways than one, and seeing as it was my suggestion, you would think I should have whipped something up as quick as anything. But no, I agonised over it for ages, trying to come up with something that would encapsulate the features of imperfection and simplicity.
So in the end, I settled on a rendition of a clay pot on a plinth; a simple roughly made pot with a crack in it, sitting on display.
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To try and keep it as simple and stark as possible, I had the pot sitting there by itself..
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but there was too much spare space above it, so I added a layer of linen sewn with quick pintucks along its length.
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Some of the other Gatton Quilters showed their interpretations of wabi sabi –
Meryl continued her under-water theme:
meryl-wabi
Shirley produced a bonsaii study:
shirley_wabi
Jan M showed her beautiful and simply elegant sand garden:
jan_m-wabi
and Helen with her take on a ‘four-patch':
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Just one more to show- Helen’s ‘Rust’ themed work from last month’s challenge, where she utilised some text-printed fabric:
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One thought on “wabi sabi simplicity

  1. How neat! Randomness and simplicity should be easy right? Hard to let loose and be imperfect:) Looks like everyone enjoyed it though, by the great work.

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