|a precious swatch of vintage Japanese katazome|
Happy New Year (almost), fellow quilting bloggers....
I have been thinking for some time about a fresh blogging start, so here it is, why not today?
What is wabi-sabi?
Wabi-sabi is an elusive Japanese concept and I could spend a lifetime pursuing an understanding of it.
It is an appreciation for natural or hand crafted things, and the beautiful patina which develops over time. It is an appreciation for the natural, transient nature of things.
Recently, we used an original 1740's floorboard as the face of our mantle during our kitchen renovation:
In quilting terms, think hand made... faded with age and use... vintage... soft, simple, humble, authentic, unique. When I think about the quilts I most love - utilitarian, quirky, beautiful, warm, modest - I am led to think "wabi-sabi." Often when I finish a quilt, I think "this quilt will be even better after lots of use and about 100 washings."