Looking at Wabi-Sabi, the art of perfectly imperfect

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that represents the acceptance of transience and imperfect life. Sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” “Wabi” roughly means “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more. “Sabi” means “taking pleasure in the imperfect.” This concept can be found in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. A well-loved teacup, made by an artist’s hands, cracked or chipped by constant use. This is not a reflection on poor craftsmanship — rather in the beauty of the object.

Julie-Powell_Header-1.jpg