Yuri Remembers

Elizabeth Garlington


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

“As I believe that creativity is solving a problem in a new way, I took the great risk of randomly machine piecing the irregular and awkwardly shaped denim. From the beginning of this project, the idea of crafting a diptych and the work being really large spoke to me. My old denim clothes hold a very loud and large personal history. My friend Yuri Yamamoto also repurposed some of her forty year old denim clothes in tandem to this project and gave me several of her very sacred Japanese fabric remnants to include in my work. We both struggled together in piecing and tearing and reconnecting our torn denim fabrics. We remembered many stories attached to the very cloth we were reconstructing, and thus, the title to this work of art is Yuri Remembers.”

  • Distressed Kantha cloth as quilt substrate, distressed and torn denim fabrics, muslin fabric, Japanese fabric remnants, cotton batting, fusible interfacing, pearl cotton threads, Mettler threads, shibori dyed fabrics, paper netting, acid free adhesive, acrylic paint
  • This piece is NOT FOR SALE
  • 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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