Celebration Coat

Liz Spear and Karen Swing


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This piece is part of the Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection exhibit in the Main Gallery of The Folk Art Center.

Karen: ‘Boro’ means “tattered rags” and refers to the layers of patching and stitching done by poor fishermen and farmers in
northern Japan to extend the life of their every day work clothes and household fabrics. The mending was of necessity, but a
century and more later, these patched textiles appeal to my love of color, layering and texture.

Liz: For most of my garment-making career, the best design ideas happened when I ran out of fabric. Whether handwoven or the
more recent nuno-felt, new color combinations, new seaming techniques or piecing proportions came about when faced with
deadlines. Several of these happenstances became recurring design elements in my garment line. Adding ‘tattered rags’ was further
conscious layering and trusting to my friend’s long career of happy accidents, like mine.

  • Handwoven cotton, rayon, and cotton blend yarns
  • Nuno-felt: merino wool and woven silk fabrics dyed/printed/marbled by Laura Sims
  • Wet-felted Boro-inspired patch-n-stitch: silk fabric printed by Laura Sims, stitched with cotton, silk and rayon threads, some hand dyed
  • Will not be shipped until October 10th, once the exhibition has closed
  • Shipping and handling fees will be determined when the piece is ready for delivery
  • Wabi Sabi runs from June 30 – September 30, 2018

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its third exhibition for the 2018 year with Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection in the Folk Art Center’s main gallery upstairs. It features 60 objects from makers of the Guild that showcase this traditional Japanese aesthetic of honoring the beauty of flaws. Works focus on juxtapositions of symmetry through gnarled wooden sculptures, rough textures in a wall hanging’s fabric, or a woven pattern’s simplicity.

Curator Nikki Josheff received an overwhelming number of submissions for this exhibition. “It has been exciting to see the membership’s enthusiasm for Wabi Sabi,” she said. “With our history of cultivating fine craft for more than eight decades, there’s often an expectation of perfection within our community. Our jury process is rigorous, and done through peer-evaluation to uphold a standard within a designated media.” Wabi Sabi encourages participants to let go of creative pressures, perhaps expectations of perfection, that may limit one’s imagination. Instead, it challenges makers to work with flaws, or other brokenness within their process.


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