Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wabi~Sabi Swingline Shibori

We'll see how this paper bundle fares.

This will spend 7 months exposed to Arizona desert sun and monsoon season.

Wabi~Sabi Shibori

Stapling Muslin

Recently I caught up to someone's blog that was involved in Seth Apter's Altered Page Disintegration Project. (I wish I could remember whose it was, I need to start taking notes when I visit and comment on blogs because I find I'm losing track really quickly!) I'll update this after some sleuthing.

I was enchanted by the idea of disintegrating bundles that are left out in the weather and using the components in later projects. My aesthetic has been embracing the Japanese idea of Wabi-Sabi, the impermanence and shifting with age and deterioration and disintegration.

I gathered up suitable materials that would most likely change with six months of Arizona monsoon and scorching sun and wind. I assembled two bundles, one for materials and objects and the other primarily paper.

Then I had the idea of stapling muslin in a design onto muslin. I'm always finding rust spotted muslin in antique stores from pins etc. I thought it would be a rather nice wabi-sabi shibori as long as the staples rust as I hope! The staples bunched the muslin slightly so I'm pleased with the design so far. Rust will be all the better!

I'm going to leave them out for the six months I'm in Alaska and see what I'll come back to next winter.


  1. What a wonderful project and such a beautiful casing. The concept of Wabi Sabi fascinates me as well.

  2. I like to do this same thing with wood pieces sometimes, to use in projects later!

  3. What a great idea! The rust marks will change it completely. I love rust but the unrusted piece also has its charm.

  4. Never heard of this.. it is a great concept! I can't wait to see the results.. I am so drawn to any thing that is time worn.. erosion is a good thing!

  5. Oh, I am so glad that you posted this entry to your blog...I too, had read about this earlier this year in blog land and wanted to try this myself....and I had forgotten all about it. Thank you - now I can make my bundles that I plan to put into my garden as ornaments while they mutate into something fun to work with later this year. How long will you be leaving yours in the elements? Happy Easter! Hugs - Julie

  6. This stuff really makes me tick!!Your cant forget to post your results and I am now inspired to try it as well.How lovely it must be to travel from Alaska to Arizona and back again.Have a wonderful day!!Cat


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