The foundations of Japanese life are steeped in the tradition of values, attitudes and the skills that are passed down from their ancestors. No separation is made for art and life.
Japanese design plays a role in their everyday life as it is part of their philosophy and primary pillars of their culture.
Here are 5 conceptual terms that will improve your work:
a deep-seated compulsion to strive for perfection in the quality of the design, its functionality and the quality of the piece itself. In order to achieve kaizen, the Japanese believed in the intensive master (Meisho)-apprentice (Deshi) approach in order to seek continuous improvement.
Seek to continuously improve your work through a coach, teacher or mentor. Never stop studying your art.
the belief that all things in nature have spirits. All things are connected by energy including the materials used in your work and the tools with which they are created. To view each element of your work as holding and carrying energy can change the way you hold the tool, use the tool and the energy you pass along to your creations.
Put your love and energy into your work. Make each mark deliberate and a tool of communication.
Kanjo Ni Uttaeru:
to appeal to the emotions. In the Japanese culture emotions are fostered even in grown men. To express your emotions is an honorable trait.
Express your emotion through your work and it will make you a better artist. You'll connect with the viewer and your story will be heard.
keep things plain and simple. Reducing designs to their essence is seen as strength of character.
Edit your work and create strong designs that don't require needless ornamentation. More is just more. It is distracting and causes confusion.
simplicity and tranquility combined with honor and respect for the process of life. Sabi is connected to the design concepts asymmetry and austerity. It suggests the viewer fill in the image and complete the surprise. Wabi is translated as rustic simplicity and an understated simplicity.
Incorporate the art of imperfection and age in your work. Doing things imperfectly perfect, is as it should be.
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