‘Wasi Sabi is the beauty of things, imperfect, impermanent and incomplete… The antithesis of our classical western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring and monumental.’ Leonard Koren
Nothing in nature is perfect, and nothing is truly symmetrical; there is an attractiveness to imperfection and patination brings a character all of it’s own. Each piece of wrapped fabric, each stitch, each stain gives an object a uniqueness. The works on display explore the idea of Wasi Sabi, through my adventures in textile alchemy.
Over this year, my Japanese aesthetic saw influences from an African childhood slowly appear in my work, unconsciously bleeding into my sketches and textiles. Kuba meets Boro… worlds apart yet so similar in traditional techniques. In the applications I've explored, there is a slow and unpredictable nature to the processes involved – the chemical reactions are unique and complex. The rust patterns are endlessly fascinating – each piece evolves and develops over time as the metal corrodes and stains the fabric while the tea and vinegar slowly creates depth of colour. All the shibori prints, with indigo or rust, are always different, like finger prints, almost impossible to recreate. The whole journey is a leap into the dark, and this is intrinsically part of the excitement. They form their own visual language, growing and evolving, in their own way. Contrasts in the marks, the colours and textures beg for stitching and development - it is a conversation between nature, the materials and myself. Some pieces cry out for company, clusters of objects allow me to explore multiples, creating volume, a theme throughout my work.
I want the viewer to take a closer look and see a beauty they may have missed.