Wabi-Sabi | Sharmishta Roy for ManyManyThings

 

Attention!!!  We are flagging off collaborations with some of the master’s from the reel and the real world where they share observations, experiences and learnings from encounters old, new and trendy. We are super excited to introduce our very first chapter by Production Designer Sharmishta Roy (she promises to write many many more!)

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Chapter 1 | Wabi Sabi 

I first heard the term ‘Wabi Sabi’ not so long ago, when I attended Interior Design classes in the US.

I was intrigued! My work as a Production Designer for mainstream Bollywood films had largely revolved around creating pristine, glamorous and luxurious environment inspired by western lifestyles. Now, sitting in a classroom in California, I was being educated about an ideology prevalent amongst people on the other side of the globe. The Japanese word ‘Wabi Sabi’ implying – ‘Beauty found in simplicity’, ‘imperfections’ and ‘being true’.

Wabi Sabi is not a decorating style…it is a philosophy. It aligns with the Western philosophy of ‘Less is More’.

It advocates doing away with the superfluous, being austere. In addition, it is about being aesthetically sound and having a deep appreciation for the conditioning brought about by the passage of time.

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Just a bunch of words you say! Let me help you understand Wabi Sabi better.

Maybe you own a handmade earthen vase, plate or mug. You will notice its undulating edges, uneven coloring, flecks etc. All part of the Wabi Sabi of that piece!

I have inherited from my father a beautiful, much-used wooden table of English ancestry. I intend to use it as a desk, just as my father did! The various blemishes on its surface induce a sense of warmth and nostalgia. In turn, I hope to leave my imprint on it! Also, when paired with other furniture along modern lines, it will create an interesting contrast. More Wabi Sabi!

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On the right, the inherited wooden table. And to the left an image showing various earthen vases decorated on a table, sourced from enversdudecor.tumblr.com

So, does Wabi Sabi advocate filling up our homes with faded, chipped, rusted miscellaneous objects? Negative! It simply means you cherish the imprints of the past and want it to accent the present.

And does it mean that an unkempt house can pass off as Wabi Sabi aesthetic? On the contrary! An important part of this aesthetic is the respect for tidiness and hygiene.

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Mood Board Appreciation

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Villa Branco | Architecture & Interior Design by Momo-Studios influenced by Wabi Sabi

The Wabi Sabi aesthetic can be infused into any decor – use it when employing the austere, industrial lines of Modern or Minimalistic styles.

Or then express your appreciation for the “truth in materials” a la Arts and Crafts style.

Or yet again, let it guide you in the selection of organic materials and textures typical of Rustic style interiors.

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Villa Branco | A luxurious villa – modestly decorated, located in Anjuna, Goa.

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The villa is designed on the principles of wabi-sabi with the use of natural materials and finishes and locally made paints and polishes.

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Since Wabi Sabi is the appreciation of all things natural, an earthy palette is in keeping with this aesthetic – warm browns, creams, whites, ochers, and greens. Patinas, crackles, and yellowed pictures strengthen the sense of rootedness. On an ecological note, Wabi Sabi works at creating sustainable interiors by reusing the old and the loved.

Go Wabi Sabi!

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Pictures showing the wabi-sabi textures beautifully.

 

#DID YOU KNOW Wabi-sabi enthusiasts (called “wabibitos”) are described as being “a person who could make something complete out of eight parts when most of us would use ten.”

The Images for this post are contributed by Studio Momo.
Which is a wabi-sabi inspired Architectural and Interior Design firm based out of Goa.
Their conscientious designs are a result of a shared passion for creating eco-friendly interior-architectural finishes through an environmentally sensitive practice.

Which we think is so admirable!! Do take a look at their other wonderful projects here

 

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SCreEn PrIntIng |The Source|

I keep asking my workers, crafters, artists, this one question and often its just a greeting………. “Khush ho?” (Are you happy???) …….. the man/ woman smiles…….. surprised and shy most of the time, happy by the gesture itself sometimes and at other times back with a story in his/her life – the stories are the best! These guys have much to share and those smiles – content –  rather contagious and one of the reasons that I just love to chat up with them creators, the men/women who truly believe in their contributions to whatever big or little they do – they are happy and more than that – proud, something that I always have to remind myself off, strangely!

Ever thought about this – the people and businesses that a creative supports also supports them. It needs to co-exist like a demand and supply chart, its use needs to progress and develop not only in availability but in education and awareness as well and only then can an art form and its representative artistry stay alive. I feel elated that the digital world could never take away from this 2000 year old form of printing  – Screen Printing.

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More than just clay- MITTY |Source|

“My inclination is more towards teaching people and its more about my hobby and interest rather than the sale.”

For any history student – like me, the first connection you will probably make when you come across shelves of unglazed earthenware and hand sculpted art pieces are the chapters on the Indus Valley and Harappan civilisations! and then start to think about how ancient the traditional craft of pottery is… what its roots are? how has it evolved over the years? why we don’t come across enough people who practice/teach it?….and how it is the most underrated art form!!

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#DidYouKnow taking up pottery has numerous benefits? Other than being a wonderful creative outlet there are dozens of physical and mental advantages from expressing oneself by creating something that requires full concentration and focus on the activity itself. It helps with the sensory development and motor skills for the young and is beneficial to those prone to arthritis in the hands as it promotes joint movement and dexterity. Pottery also works as a super de-stress agent and is often described as being therapeutic and relaxing…….

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An Artists Heaven | The Source |

I have always been a person who could spend hours in an art shop - the colours, the papers, the many mediums, everything - more than captivate, hypnotises me! 
And I am quite sure if you are a painter or in any way inclined towards art you already know about these two art marvel stores located at the two ends of Bombay (Mumbai) - stocked to the brim with all possible art supplies - Himalaya and Art Station an artists heaven!

The nostalgia of an old customer who has been going there for years….. Himalaya is one of the first and finest stationery shops I have been to that caters purely and “soul-y” to fine art supplies and/or to inspire the fine artist inside you 😉

Located near Victoria Terminus Station and opposite the J.J school of arts, Himalaya has been first of its kind in India, an old establishment that is now running short on space with their products stocked and stacked all the way up to the ceiling, which by the way has been spray-painted and in a way adds to the charm of the shop. They have the most extensive range of art materials and brands you can think of, here you will find Winsor and Newton oil paint, Liquitex and Golden acrylic paint, Gouache colours; all kinds of mediums and varnishes, drafting tools, easels, calligraphy pens etc etc as well as a decent selection of instructional books on art. One can never leave without having to buy at-least one new thing! 

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A Reluctant Super Hero- Himanshu S. |Inspiration|

I am a traveler, with an office as my car and the ride my two feet. Every single day I go from one corner of Bombay (Mumbai) to the other crossing many roads, streets, lanes, by-lanes, malls, stores, shops, events, exhibitions, pop-ups etc; to source and plan for the work I do. I say I am a traveller only because I meet a million different faces, interact with them, know their happiness and sorrows and see this world with them – Stop . Share . Shop.

Lately…. I have been coming across these zines and booklets which are all about straightforward, sharp and somewhat thought-provoking one liners, messages and dialogues.

“Everyone is an Artist” he says, “There are no dirty words only dirty minds” he adds.

“Stop Making sense” he says “Lets be awkward together” he adds.

“Orgasms are very nice but revolutions are better” he says “Drop out!” he adds…

These are few lines, in fact titles to the booklets that I first laid my eyes on – I won’t lie – they appeared pretty cool and clean, type printed on a pamphlet paper, one lined, bound together and very reasonably priced – so I bought them all! (at least the ones that were on display)
Easy to read and sometimes re-read. Every line, every page intrigued me to read on and they became not just some weekend flip of pages but very impactful messages written in the simplest way there could be.

the purpose is just to be... and in doing so
turn on everybody who can be turned on and 
turn off everybody else...

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