31" x 16.5" x 3.5"

Mixed media

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After a life-changing 2016 quilt tour of Japan, I had a cache of intense visual impressions. I also had a stash of fabrics, vintage kimonos, fibers and buttons. I had these organized in boxes and regarded them as a not to be touched shrine. 

As a lover of everything Japanese, I am profoundly moved by Japanese aesthetics and philosophy. I sought after wabi sabi before I had ever heard the word and it remains my quest. 

After almost two years, I got up the courage to unlock the shrine and use the materials. Arimatsu is the result. 

Wabi sabi is the beauty of things impermanent, imperfect and incomplete.

Arimatsu is a town famous for its shibori techniques.

Doorway, Arimatsu, Japan

Doorway, Arimatsu, Japan