Dance, Gladys, Dance (my review) to The Book Chick today! At the end of this post I will also be offering one lucky Canadian reader a chance to win a copy! Today Cassie writes about "The Art of Imperfect":
"When I was eight I was rummaging in an abandoned shed with an aunt on my grandfather’s farm. I can’t remember what we were looking for but as we went through the piles of shredded curtains and disintegrating piles of papers, I discovered a child’s enamel drinking cup. It was tiny, with a small curved handle and covered in polka dots of rust. I asked if I could have it. My aunt looked at me as though I might be odder than was currently suspected.
I took the little abandoned cup home and put it on a shelf. It spoke to me. I knew it was beautiful in some way I could not describe. I’m the one that buys chipped antique vases for greatly reduced prices. I don’t find the beauty, the colours, or the form of an object to be diminished by a flaw. I once bought a china dog that was missing an ear because the tag said it was ‘Distressed’.
Some years ago, I discovered the concept of wabi-sabi. Leonard Koren in Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers says “It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional...”
As a writer and artist, wabi-sabi is something I need to pay attention to. There is always something beautiful about the characters I create, even those I find reprehensible or annoying. Adding some Wabi-sabi to ‘perfect’ people makes them human; the supermodel with a run in her nylons, or lipstick on her teeth, the wealthy stockbroker who is perfectly dressed except for his always drooping socks. Wabi-sabi people in real life are the eccentrics, the nerds, the dreamers, and the artists.
Wabi-sabi is a way to love ourselves despite our flaws, wrinkles, cellulite, or whatever else we criticize in the mirror or in our lives. We are all wabi-sabi, gorgeous in our imperfections, gorgeous because of our imperfections. "
Thank-you so much to Cassie for stopping by to share with us! To enter to win a copy please fill out the form below (Canadian entrants only, please, giveaway ends July 24):
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