Monday, October 21, 2013

Day 452: Wabi-sabi and a little haiku ...


If you google Wabi-sabi you may come up with ...
a myriad of asian restaurants!
But, I am talking about Wabi-sabi 
as the originally Japanese aesthetic where ...
 impermanence, aging, simplicity and the imperfect
are not only appreciated but sought after.





Last year I treated myself to an Orly Avineri workshop.
I wrote about it on Day 136 of this little blog.
Orly is a born teacher, artist, philosopher and more.
I was due for an "Orly"-fix and "wabi sabi" seemed right.




Up early on a Saturday morning, and 39 miles later ...
I entered Orly's workshop, a nurturing haven for ...
six hours of ... exploration into wabi sabi.


page from Orly's journal, illustrating wabi sabi

After a discussion of various forms of wabi sabi ...
we were sent out to find discarded items 
which could be used as wabi sabi. 




We returned after ten minutes with our selections.
Using paper, cloth, string and clothespins ... 
we made bundles of our wabi-sabi items.
Our bundles boiled and to be returned later on.




Then we each received a little gift, handmade by Orly.




The gifts, were opened with care and consideration ...
to be used to make a wabi sabi journal spread.




Later, Orly demonstrated by opening her boiled bundle ...




Naturally each reveal was individual ....




Everything created, a source for now or later on.




We took time to look at the individual journal spreads ...




All with a similar destination, but separate souls.




(I apologize that I didn't get names for proper artist credit)






Orly's workshop are 12 or less, intimate, friendly ...
and after a discussion, we finished with a simple haiku ...




If you ever get a chance, treat yourself to Orly!




And, I came home with her newest book!


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