January 31, 2010

Wabi Sabi

I prefer to call my avocation - saving the destiny of a trash pile. I have an old bushel basket from the 1920’s when they still made such containers to last.  The bail handle is of sturdy iron with a wooden turned handle. The green paint is well washed into the lapped weaving though the inside of the basket has wear. Someone around the 1960s cut newspaper tin used by a printing press and overlapped the exterior of the basket with V shaped metal newsprint telling stories and life in the southern town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This the perfect example of a Wabi Sabi item because we all know when a container has holes, it’s a goner.

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