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  • Denise Frakes

Autumn begins Wabi-Sabi Season

As the rains return, the wind starts to blow, the days shorten and darkness takes its place...I remember it's Wabi-Sabi season. Wabi-Sabi is how I see life...especially in the late autumn and winter months. These seasons become rich with beauty and warmth from this way of seeing the world.

The philosophy of Wabi-Sabi speaks to my soul. It reminds me life is precious. Beauty is always present. We are all imperfect, incomplete and slightly chipped souls. There is grace in this notion.

Below is a quote is one of my favorites of the wabi-sabi family of quotes. It speaks to me over and over again. I read it, and just like it says, the simple words are grace, are poetry, they stay interesting, over and over again.

For me, wabi-sabi is love. A way of seeing the world that goes beyond what's obvious. This way of seeing, helps me see beauty in moments. In people, in myself. Even when on the isn't obvious.



"The simplicity of wabi-sabi is probably best described as the

state of grace

arrived at by a sober, modest, heartfelt intelligence.

The main strategy of this intelligence is economy of means.

Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.

Keep things clean and unencumbered, but don't sterilize

(Things wabi-sabi are emotionally warm, never cold)

Usually this implies a limited palette of materials.

It also means keeping conspicuous features to a minimum

It doesn't mean removing the invisible connective tissue that somehow

binds the elements into a meaningful whole.

It also doesn't mean in any way diminishing something's


the quality that compels us to look at that something

over, and over, and over again."

Leonard Koren

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers


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