Unexpected Consequences

Susan Webb Lee


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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.

“The first block for this quilt turned out to be an assortment of leftover quarter-circle shapes that had been randomly tacked up on my design wall. I liked the arrangement but quickly ran out of the purple background color and switched to gray. When that was all gone, I decided that black would work as well. Some of the shapes were cut using templates, and others were cut freehand, so there are a lot of variations. I thought 12 blocks would be a good number to use and then chose how to place them all together. The orientation is different going from left to right, but the same going from top to bottom.”

  • Commercially printed and hand-dyed cotton, invisible thread and DMC embroidery floss; fused, appliquéd, pieced, hand quilted
  • Approximately 35″high x 47″wide
  • 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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