Summer Willow

Amolia Willowsong


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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 Wabi Sabi aesthetic holds the view that all things are imperfect and impermanent. Trees appear that way to me, always losing their leaves in the fall and exposing their wild and crooked forms in spring only to be covered with leaves again. This beaded
work, Summer Willow, shows its hanging branches covered with leaves, swinging with the summer breeze, beauty always present in whatever form it takes.”

  • Japanese and Czech seed beads, faceted peridot, stitchtite, pearls, crystals; freeform beadweaving
  • 16″ x 2″
  • Will ship the first week of June, after the exhibition is closed
  • 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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