Star of Western North CarolinaJoe Rhodes
This piece is part of the Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection exhibit in the Main Gallery of The Folk Art Center.
“Prior to setting the stone, oval lengths of wire were being soldered to the silver framework. But overheating resulted in the wire ends balling up and the piece warping. As I was discarding the project, my wife saw and liked it. So I reluctantly finished the blemished pendant. And before now, it was never displayed.”
- Nickle free sterling silver, star ruby from Macon County, NC, torch heat soldering
- This piece 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.