Magical Critter from the Primordal Sea

Joanna White


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

“Wabi Sabi in this piece represents the bits and pieces of discarded silk remnants from many silk garments that were hand painted with acid dyes and wax. The bits and pieces are raw edged and not polished, with flaws of color.

The question was asked: What if these bits and pieces could be pulled together to create a Wabi Sabi collage that tells its own story in all its imperfection with frayed edges and embellished loosely with bits and pieces of leftover threads to create a

Critter from the Primordial Sea was created and he swims beautifully in the dark of the sea.”

  • Hand painted silk bits and pieces that created a collage. Stitched with decorative threads mounted on mat board
  • 27″ X 36″
  • 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
  • Made in NC

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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