Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a comprehensive world view or aesthetic, rooted in the acceptable of transience. Practiced by the ancient Japanese and Chinese (and now widely adopted in the West), the aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".*
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the suggestion of natural processes.
I am very drawn to this aesthetic and without realizing that it had a name, I have practised it for years.
The modesty part - "not so much" (wink) but the other hallmarks are very dear to my heart and the objects and processes which surround me.
I simply adore imperfect metal, with dings and scratches, old paper and discarded objects which no longer serve their original purpose.
My garden is filled with stones and rocks and bits of driftwood.
I am drawn to asymmetry and this often comes through in my designs.
Old, tarnished glass speaks to me and I could spend days digging through flea markets for old, imperfect photo and picture frames and watering cans.