Embracing our Flaws

Charlie Patricolo


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

“I have had a box of vintage linens for years. Most have flaws that I generally “work around”. This time I used pieces that had small tears and mended them with a gold thread. I also have collected Italian pottery for about 30 years (Italian husband) and use these pieces frequently. When a piece gets broken I have been sticking the pieces in a box. I pulled out this little espresso cup and repaired it. Our lives, a little battered – but held together – the repairs being so special – ‘Golden.’”

  • Cottons, poly stuffing, vintage linens, wool hair; needle sculpted
  • 14″high x 8″wide
  • This item has been SOLD
  • 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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