That’s How the Light Get’s In

Judy Simmons


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 always been fascinated by the look and feel of something that is worn and weathered. Maybe it’s the look itself that is interesting or maybe the intrinsic value attached to it – perhaps both.

I came upon a poem by Leonard Cohen; it instantly pulled me in and I knew right then the direction my Wabi Sabi piece would take. The poem suggested that we embrace what we have, not to look for the perfect…that there is a place for the cracks of imperfection…that’s how the light gets in. Photographs of a sunset and an aged wall with cracks and peels were layered together in a photo editing program. Applying different filters to the blended photos created many interesting effects,one of which was having the light from the sunset peek through the crack in the wall.”

  • Commercial and hand dyed fabrics, textile paint, silk screen, digitally produced imagery on fabric, machine pieced and quilted
  • 18″wide x 22″high
  • 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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