Very Wabi Sabi

Betsy Meyer


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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.

“Very Wabi Sabi is all about the warp! When I gathered up my choices of fabric strips and yarn, I focused on the colors and patterns and was caught up in the array of them as I stretched them onto the warping board. When I threaded the loom, I was oblivious to the fuzziness of the gold and green core spun silk, the extreme thinness of the ruby red tencel and the fraying threads of the paisley fabric strips.

My first Wabi Sabi moment occurred after I wound the warp onto the loom and began to fasten the ends onto the front tie-on bar. It was impossible to make the tension even. Finally, after several attempts that included rerolling the entire warp, I was ready to weave. After encountering many problems and doing damage control, finally I was finished and discovered the most perfect of imperfections after I removed the work from the loom; the undulating ruby warp that I could never have made deliberately!”

  • Core spun silk, tencel, hand dyed silk ribbon, paisley fabric strips
  • 32″ x 23″
  • 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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