detail from "all night blossoms fell"

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese word for a way of looking at the world which finds consolation and beauty in the unfinished and imperfect. It is a sensibility and aesthetic that accepts that things are always in process, dwells in possibility, and is in harmony with nature.

Projects by the Wabi-Sabi Collective, a Toronto-based group of artists and writers, explore and cultivate wabi-sabi through community engagement in the arts.

For our most recent project, we created "All Night Blossoms Fell" -- an installation for the 2016 Gladstone Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel from April 21-24. As a demonstration of wabi-sabi in literary practice, we hosted a workshop in renku, Japanese-style collaborative verse.

Look for the Wabi-Sabi Collective's new project, "Basho Bingo," at Nuit Blanche Toronto on October 1, 2016 and follow us on Instagram @blackboughstudio