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'Wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection' introduces the core tenants behind wabi-sabi, the Japanese concept of beauty in a transient world, and how it applies to your work flow.

'Wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection' introduces the core tenants behind wabi-sabi, the Japanese concept of beauty in a transient world, and how it applies to your work flow.

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Wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection

  1. 1. wabi-sabi the beauty of imperfection
  2. 2. Wikipedia says: Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience.
  3. 3. Wabi-sabi is to the Japanese what the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection are to the West.
  4. 4. everything is imperfect incomplete impermanent
  5. 5. the beauty of... character age weathering utility ...ugliness
  6. 6. Imperfection The impossibility of ideals.
  7. 7. Plato knew that absolute perfection is impossible.
  8. 8. The ideal horse. the ideal horse
  9. 9. The closer something is to that invisible ideal, the more beautiful it seems.
  10. 10. all things we create have a degree of imperfection
  11. 11. With time, imperfections only become more pronounced.
  12. 12. You can lose sight of your goals when you bog down in perfectionism.
  13. 13. my friend Leigh She makes awesome stuff like this. You can find her at leighdragoon.com
  14. 14. it was an awesome project I mean, just look at it.
  15. 15. “Hey! These look great! Why didn’t we finish this?”
  16. 16. “Perfection” changes
  17. 17. Perfection then and perfection now
  18. 18. Whose perfection are we talking about?
  19. 19. Incompleteness Work is never done.
  20. 20. When is a plant “complete?”
  21. 21. There is always something more you can add...
  22. 22. Projects are never truly complete.
  23. 23. Impermanence Nothing you do or create now will last forever.
  24. 24. Inevitable.
  25. 25. We like to think that we can leave some lasting mark in the Universe.
  26. 26. The Universe trudges ever onwards.
  27. 27. Everything changes. Nothing stays the same.
  28. 28. You are not the same person you were ten years ago
  29. 29. Don’t expect the solutions of today to work on the problems of tomorrow.
  30. 30. Utility “Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don't hesitate to make it beautiful.” —Shaker saying
  31. 31. It must be useful.
  32. 32. True beauty only becomes apparent with use.
  33. 33. The “reality” of a room exists in the empty space within the room.
  34. 34. simplicity, but not minimalism
  35. 35. Wabi-sabi in America Simple beauty in a complex world
  36. 36. You can’t buy wabi-sabi at Pottery Barn.
  37. 37. an acceptance of the natural order of things
  38. 38. Thank you for watching.
  39. 39. Many thanks to the following people for the use of their beautiful photos (in order of appearance)... Teahouse by Hirata Yasuyuki http://www.flickr.com/photos/hirata_yasuyuki/ Parthenon by BW Bray http://www.flickr.com/photos/82297261@N00/ Buddha by Jennifer Feuchter http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennerosity/ Kelly Teague http://www.flickr.com/photos/span112/ Statue of Plato by Stacy Lynn Baum http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacylynn/ Greek Horse Statue by Jared Zimmerman http://www.flickr.com/photos/spoinknet/ Arabian Horses by Jan Ingemansen http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomanson/ Dead Pixel by Simon Wicks http://www.flickr.com/photos/lonelycoo/ Chipped Mug by Jürgen Fauth http://www.flickr.com/photos/muckster/ Illustrations by Leigh Dragoon of www.leighdragoon.com/ Renaissance Erotica by Oliver Quillia http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliver62/ Lingerie Model by Guillermo http://www.flickr.com/photos/memoflores/ I'll do anything to look like them by bejealousofme http://www.flickr.com/photos/thexbeautyxofxlove/ Winchester Mystery House by Dalvenjah FoxFire http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalvenjah/ STOP! by Annie in Beziers http://www.flickr.com/photos/annieinbeziers/ Gravestones by Tim Duckett http://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_d/ My Egyptian Statue Has No Nose. by Jamie Carter http://www.flickr.com/photos/letsbook/ blossoms by rakka http://www.flickr.com/photos/rakka/ Sony Walkman CD Player by Robert Leverington http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberthl/ tadpole puberty 2 by Dave Campbell http://www.flickr.com/photos/limowreck666/ Stone Tiles by Chris Jackson http://www.flickr.com/photos/abundanceguy/ worn stairs by van Ort http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanort/ pitcher by Steve Mishos http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyzipper/ wabi sabi by fling93 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fling93/ wabi sabi by Sean Ganann http://www.flickr.com/photos/essgee/
  40. 40. find me on Twitter @crowchick

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