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The simple things in life—the ordinary, the aged, the humble—they inspire the wabi-sabi aesthetic and the expressive, intuitive style wabi-sabi encompasses.
In this creative workshop, Serena Barton, author of Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop, introduces you to working in three great mediums, all of which richly demonstrate the wabi-sabi style of art: hot wax (encaustics), cold wax and plaster!
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Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.