March 6, 2013

2013 Year of Jewelry, Week 10: Wabi Sabi

Week 10:  Wabi Sabi

The goal of 2013 YOJ is for each participant in the group to create a jewelry design each week.  This is not the easiest thing to do.  I know, because I fell behind and just recently finished projects for the previous 4 weeks.  Now onto Week 10 YOJ.....

Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.

I found that the beads I used, from Tree Wings Studio, would be perfect.  Nature inspired poppies, and mismatched at that.  Very wabi-sabi.

These earrings will also be featured as my Week 11 Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge project.