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Gee's Bend by William Arnett
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Feb 07, 08

bookshelves: inspiration, art
Read in January, 2002

After reading a book on wabi-sabi, I realized that the women of Gee's Bend embodied their quilts with this Japanese philosophical aesthetic, without even knowing it. So wabi-sabi might be described as an expression of one's authenticity, an innate quality we all possess but rarely uncover because it goes against contemporary Western ideals. Because of isolation and need, these women found it and expressed it beautifully. A stunning collection of photographs accompanied by marvelous stories from the quilters.
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