wabi sabi, asemic writing, slow motion & pilgrimage...
There is something enticing about imperfection and though perfect symmetry exists in nature, it is ephemeral, transient.
I am drawn in by the traces of time,
the rustic passages of life,
the signs and stories,
the patterns of use and love,
we leave behind,
in our actions,
Looking around you from all angles,
find the magnificence in the flaws and
hidden poetry in the beautiful imperfections of your life.
Document it and share it with us.
I am slow and steady by nature, so if I’ve been feeling like I’m in slow motion, then my default mode has shifted to snail pace! Even my creative interests have moved to slow stitching! Though a part of me feels the pace needs shaking, there is something incredibly comfortable about this slow passing of time.
What is your default mode? How many gears do you work on? What do you think you would notice if you changed pace?
It seems peculiar that we can create meaning through meaningless mark making and yet, that is what asemic writing does in fascinating ways. Art is abundant in abstract meaning and often, the meaning is found in the action more so than the outcome.
In my explorations of slow stitching, boro and calligraphy, I have discovered incredible examples of stitched and written asemic mark making. In some respects, it reminds me of my childlike attempts to write like a grown up before I knew how… and now, we wish we could reproduce such free, uncontrolled work!
Grab some supplies, close your eyes and make some marks, imagine your own alphabet, make up a language or simply scribble with abandon… then translate it for us all to experience.
“Ideally, a human life should be a constant pilgrimage of discovery. The most exciting discoveries happen at the frontiers. When you come to know something new, you come closer to yourself and the world. Discovery enlarges and refines your sensibility.”
— John O'Donohue
I’ve ruminated longer than usual on thoughts for the new year; however, one word has been persistent… pilgrimage.
There are things I need to do and though I’m not completely sure what they are, I know they are all forms of pilgrimage.
Be it creative, spiritual, mental, physical, or social, the above quote sums it up perfectly.
So map out your journey, quest or personal legend…what does pilgrimage look like or mean for you?
P.s In April I'm doing a section of this walk...pilgrimage indeed!
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For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.