WABI SABI

The Japanese concept of ‘Wabi Sabi’ is an aesthetic ideal centering on the acceptance of imperfection. Celebrating qualities of humility and the “transient beauty to be found in all things impermanent” (Juniper, 2003), the catalyst for this collection derived from a fascination with this ancient approach to life.
Delicate, textile fragments are encapsulated within resin as traditional hand embroidery contrasts against digital processes and print techniques. The work embodies spontaneity of form, print and texture, resulting in unique pieces that are ethereal, raw and refined. The aim has been to concieve a product for urban spaces, which considers how interior decoration can contribute to wellbeing and state of mind.
I was awarded the University of Leeds Marsden Prize and the Berkofsky Arts Award for this series of works and have received recognition from industry professionals for exploring and pushing design boundaries. Work which was instigated by this project has also been included at exhibitions in Somerset House and The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Laser and print techniques, combined with hand embroidery, translate natural markings into stitch...
Placement of stitch and print is carefully considered...
These delicate, textile fragments are encapsulated within resin..

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Abby Turnbull
Graduate Textile Designer