Sunday, March 10, 2013

Year of Jewelry 2013 Week 10 - Wabi Sabi

 "Wabi 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, author of "Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers".
Wabi stems from the root wa, which refers to harmony, peace, tranquillity, and balance. Generally speaking, wabi had the original meaning of sad, desolate, and lonely, but poetically it has come to mean simple, unmaterialistic, humble by choice, and in tune with nature.

Sabi by itself means "the bloom of time." It connotes natural progression-tarnish, hoariness, rust-the extinguished gloss of that which once sparkled. It's the understanding that beauty is fleeting.

Brass and silver both tarnish when left on their own in the elements - and both aquire a soft muted patina that speaks of the 'bloom of time' and which only gets better as time goes on.  I kept the design of this necklace very simple - I used the rest of the brass tube pieces I had, again with silver because I love the contrast of the two especially when wrapped so closely together. 

A brass blank, domed and stamped with the word 'JOY'

A large aqua crystal rondelle, wrapped with fine silver wire
A fine silver handcrafted closure, fine silver jump rings

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