Crafting Wabi Sabi With Kids

Ever hear of the Japanese concept of wabi sabi? It's as central to their aesthetic as the Greek ideals of balance and perfection and beauty are to ours in the Western world. Things that we take for granted in our own culture. Things that end up driving how we perceive our own art making and creative work. That it MUST be perfect. It MUST look like the photograph. No mistakes allowed.

Wabi sabi includes three principles: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. 

I try to teach the girl the ideas of wabi sabi as we work on crafts together. She's already getting a bit of an idea about it from her art teacher at school. The girl tells me how "nothing is a mistake".

We made a Halloween garland last week inspired by this post on Jen's wonderful blog Classic Play. She has THE best crafts. But we didn't have the right string so we used ribbon instead.

And we could only find one pair of scissors that were sharp enough to cut through felt.

We DID use a paper template to try to have a consistent size of triangle. But that was tricky to manipulate for a six year old. So between the dull scissors and the improvised triangles, we ended up with our own version of Halloween bunting. A little on the rough side. And a whole lot of wabi sabi.

How about you? How do you handle the need for your art making and crafting to be perfect? Are you ready for a little wabi sabi too?