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Blog: THE CULT OF WABI SABI

THE *EXPERIENTIALITY OF SENSATION IN THE AESTHETICS OF AGING AND BEAUTY When I was younger, I had a proclivity for rust. I liked walking on rough, more than smooth. I liked floors that were worn-down and made of aggregated materials. I admired sand-blasted things. I...

Blog: The Aesthetics of Aging

The Beauty of Rust Antiquity, Utility, Wabi Sabi and Beauty In one person’s eyes, as an object gets older, it cracks, it discolors — and it might rust. Okay, one approach — toss it out. Get rid of it. And contrary to that — another more classical line of thinking:...

Blog: The Aesthetics of Rust

Wabi Sabi and Beauty There is a perspective that things that have lived for a long time are worthy of respect and admiration. Old is more beautiful. You can’t fake old. Wabi Sabi. That Japanese principle of beauty in age comes to a reflection of two principles —...

Blog: The History of the Hammer

The Tool, the Allegory, the Legend I’ve been using hammers. And collecting old hammers. Have you tried working with multiple hammers, their wood and metal shafts, their weighted mallet heads, explored how they work? The weight, the heft, the swing, the balance, the...