November 05th, 2016
Enjoying the displays of all the Christmas wood carvings. These are a few of what is for sale. Dimensions are 3"x6" (8x18 cm).
October 24th, 2016
Though my soul may set in darkness it will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. - Sarah Williams
August 01st, 2016
Another New Month
This post is dedicated to the Powell Street Festival of this year- which incidentally was this past Saturday and Sunday. it was our second year of womanning a booth. It was truly a highlight of the summer thus far. Apart from the successful sales and the engagement with a variety of people, there were instant friends and new experiences.
Although I was very much looking forward to the sampling and savouring of foods and being a spectator at some of the events, windows of opportunities were slim. I did make a few purchases - from cards, books, and apparel, etc., and partook in some glorious Japanese foods of which I decided I will cook more often ( ahem)
The above image was taken prior to the opening and the booth was tweaked with several more additions of products. People were already streaming through and I wanted a few photos before the final stage.
The volunteers and staff were extremely helpful and a joy to work with. Kudos to the hard-working Powell Street Festival organizers who have contributed to the best PSF ever (imo).
Merry New Year!
Here's to a healthy, prosperous, exuberant and joyous 2015!
Starting this first blog of the year with a highly anticipated and energized sensibility. I'm not sure about sense as what happens in the studio doesn't usually stay within its walls. Miss Kiko and I are a convivial duo and those who enter are not immune to our effervescent natures. Our creative and blissful pursuits include the whimsical and the wabi-sabi.
On the art and design front of EmzArtWorx, there will be more sharing, - tips, updates, anecdotes, and anything that we deem to be amusing, impressive, and perhaps even compelling and provocative. Wabi-sabi is lovingly embraced and Whimsy floats organically with her. Precision overrides perfection with all that is created by us.
May you find happiness and peace with family and friends.
"I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion" - Yohji Yamamoto
What is Wabi-Sabi?
An active aesthetical appreciation of poverty" is how Daisetz T. Suzuki described wabi-sabi. "Wabi is to be satisfied with a little hut, a room of two or three tatami mats, like the log cabin of Thoreau", he wrote, "and with a dish of vegetables picked in neighboring fields, and perhaps to be listening to the pattering of a gentle spring rainfall." It is the acceptance of growth, decay and death and the acknowledgement that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. My lifestyle is embracing rustic elegance, quotidian pleasures, appreciation for imperfections in myself (and others), celebrating the beautiful and practical artisanal arts and crafts, and being reminded by nature that there is continual creation, destruction, and regeneration in the cycle of life. To translate the concept of wabi-sabi, a metaphor would be the "reverse side of a brocade - all the threads are there, but not the subtlety of color or design" - K. Okakura
Ramblings from the visionary muse