I spend time immersed in numbers, in their shapes, and how straight and curved connect with each other. Each house number takes on its own personality, as I wend my way around them. This 340 reminded me that I also spend this time immersed in color, contrast, line, all elements of composition. Learning about composition was exciting, a new language. The people who commission house numbers from Nutmeg Designs understand this language, whether explicitly or implicitly.
Abstract art allows composition to speak freely, and it is a joy to spend time with each number imagining what will make it glow or pop or infuse a house with color.
This quilt introduced me to the concept of Miyabi, a traditional Japanese aesthetic combining elegance and sorrow. Matsuko Shiraishi describes how the quilt is made of wedding Kimono fabric, and that wedding ceremonies are a combination of those two emotions. To see the whole quilt, which takes on the shape of a Kimono, there’s a great photo of Matsuko Shiraishi’s work on the gladiquilts site.
Having words to describe different forms of beauty helps me look at things more closely and contemplatively. I have written about Wabi Sabi and Hozho, and the beauty of imperfection, but Miyabi was new to me. The Kimono fabric is definitely elegant, with metallic thread and a silky sheen.
What defines elegant for you?