Wabi Sabi Art

Greetings Friends,

This week I stumbled upon an artist whose work has some similarities to my own art. Emma Freeman uses her inventive art as a way to heal from life trauma and painful emotions.

Emma utilizes natural materials for her work including bark, seed pods, leaves, rocks and nests along with natural fabrics and yarns. She weaves, stitches and buries her pieces to connect to the earth and uncover what is buried within her. Like me, she’s interested in natural processes and how they alter the work.

Here are a few of her pieces that speak to me.

Buried Fabric Book:

Emma Freeman art

Handstitched Contemplation Cloth:

Emma Freeman art

Weaving on Bark:

Emma Freeman art

I like the wabi sabi earthiness of Emma’s art, and it encourages me to continue on my path of working with mold, rust, and natural pigments, stains and dyes. From Wikipedia, wabi sabi is described as:

. . . a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete in nature . . . Characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature.

I opened up several rust pieces this week, some of which look promising. I’m particularly fond of this one, done with pieces of rusty metal and eucalyptus leaves on top of some mold marks.

Cassandra Tondro rust art

And I’ve been doing some painting and stitching on the two pieces I showed you last time.

Cassandra Tondro rust art

Cassandra Tondro rust art

I’ve been thinking about the meaning and the story behind these pieces. It hasn’t all come together just yet, but it has to do with decay and decomposition. Leaving a mark and legacy. Cycles of life and impermanence. Confusion and clarity. Control and imperfection. Archaeology, remnants, remains and relics.

Are there wabi sabi aspects to your life? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Love these new dimensions…..and directions capturing the transient and imperfect flow of nature in and all around us.

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