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The simple things in life—the ordinary, the aged, the humble—they inspire the wabi-sabi aesthetic and the expressive, intuitive style wabi-sabi encompasses.
In this creative workshop, Serena Barton, author of Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop, introduces you to this fascinating philosophy and shares with you simple but rewarding ways to make it your own!
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Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.