Wednesday, November 9, 2011

guest post - deborah lee taylor

The Way of wabi sabi by Deborah Lee Taylor

“Appreciate this and every moment, no matter how imperfect, for this moment is your life.
When you reject this moment, you reject your life. 
You don’t have to settle for this moment, you are free to steer a different course, 
but for now, this moment is yours, so be mindful to make the most of it.” 
–from Living Wabi Sabi

Mistakes are our greatest treasures; we only need to allow ourselves to accept them gracefully.

We’ve all felt the influence of  ‘perfection’ is happiness. The perfect house, perfect job,  perfect love, even  in our Art, we wish for perfection. The If Only, the When I… I myself have heard since childhood, ‘if only you  you would be perfect’. Through my own suffering of striving for perfection, I have come to know the true beauty of the meaning 'perfectly imperfect'.  Through the practice of wabi sabi, I realized, to strive for perfection is a means of limiting your true creative Self. 

'Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in  everything. 
That’s how the light gets in.
 –Leonard Cohen

My wabi sabi work is my meditation in motion so to speak, to be in the moment of what I am creating, allowing my hands to manifest my thoughts into a piece of art.  In this way of being there is no room for judgment... only love for what I am creating.  There is no measuring or plan I follow, I just create.  This is my way of seeing life as it is meant for us to see and experience... the joy and endless beauty within ourselves, and honoring and accepting the perfectly imperfect.  The way of wabi sabi. 

you can find deborah's work in these places:
flickr account
etsy shop - e5jewelry
facebook page
and a feature with happy mango beads


Carol said...

This is a good post. I am most drawn to jewelry art that is created by an artist that finds there spiritualism in the elements they use and the process of creating.

Hello Deborah. I love your work.

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I agree..... I, too, have had to work at finding perfection with imperfection. Since creating beads and jewelry with those beads, I still need to tell myself that. I tend to worry about little things that really no one, but me, would even see. My kids are grown and I have that time that I never used to have. I sometimes create beads and components with a specific idea in mind and when I try to put it in play, it just doesn't work. I set it aside until that day that it works with what I'm creating in "that"new moment.

stacilouise said...

Beautifully said. I googled wabi sabi after reading it on MaryJane's blog and LOVED it. But your definition is much more poetic then Wikipedia. I have never been much of a perfectionest, but I know I have wished I was! Living in the moment something I am working on this year, along with being thankful for each momement for the gift it is, whether that moment is what I desired or not. Its finding joy in what is, rather then what you want it to be;) Ps- love your work, found you on etsy long ago, love love love your designs.

mairedodd said...

well, deborah i think you know how much i admire your work in all respects... and you as a person... thank you for sharing yourself with us here - and i love the cohen quote...

Izzy said...

Deborah you are an amazing spirit and artist. Thanks for visiting with us today and sharing such a great post!

SummersStudio said...


Carol Dekle said...

Hi Deborah! Thank you for such a great post. Your designs are absolutely breathtaking!

Barbara said...

Deborah! I love your work and thank you so much for this post! I've been wanting to read the book by leonard koren about wabi sabi for creatives....This has definitely put it on my reading list!!!!!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Beautiful work and words.

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Deborah Lee Taylor said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments! Many thanks to Mary Jane for inviting me to be a guest blogger here. This is a wonderful blog to follow! I love how everyone supports and inspires each other. I felt honored to be a part of that today-thank you again!
Barbara- you will love the book!

Patty said...

What a wonderful sentiment. Thank you, Deborah.

Kelli said...

Beautiful work, Deborah!!! And what a wonderful spirit. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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