Embracing imperfection is vital to your artistic practice, and embracing that is actually a philosophy called wabi-sabi. My wife gave me a box of cards for the holidays in 2022. I was puzzled because they were creativity cards and I thought, what the heck is this, I don’t need them. Well, folks, I was wrong and I will attempt to do a card a week and record an episode about how I am utilizing the card I draw every week if you decide to pick up a deck and do these let me know.
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Wabi-Sabi is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. It is prevalent in many forms of Japanese art.
- As you design something consider how can you take your cues from nature.
- How might you and your collaborators embrace wabi-sabi thus opening up space for imperfection?
- Repair something broken. Perhaps you’ll find you’ll love it more than ever. Be inspired by kintsugi, a wabi-sabi practice of mending a cracked piece of pottery with gold, reminding us that damage can become a beautiful part of our history.
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