Words and Pictures by my sister Linda.
“Wabi-sabi holds moments of longing and connection, harnesses them to simple objects and everyday activities, infusing them with spirit and illuminating their natural integrity.” – Louise Thomsen Brits
Two years ago I stepped into a little boutique, picked up a publication about small gatherings and ever since then I have adored every Kinfolk issue released. Visually pleasing books is usually on my purchase list rather than magazines, mainly due to the endless advertisements they usually contain. However, Kinfolk is very different, individuals from all around the globe contribute beautifully written essays supported by stunning photography encouraging a simplified approach to everyday life that we often forget.
Since 2012, Kinfolk has curated a global series of events in the form of gatherings to celebrate during Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter with a theme to follow. I was devastated after missing out on L’esprit De La Mer earlier this year, so I was determined to attend the last gathering for 2014, A Messy Meal: Embracing Wabi-Sabi, drawing inspiration from their Imperfection Issue. After stalking websites and sending multiple emails (Thank you Jessica from Kinfolk Head office!) to enquire about the gathering I finally managed to obtain a ticket, it was truly a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moment for me.
The very talented stylist Stacey Clark hosted our gathering here in Perth, Western Australia. In true imperfect form, we shared a meal prepared by Kent St Deli inside a charming little garage located in Fremantle. Our dessert was served in ceramic vessels handmade by Eucalyptus Homewares, which we were able to take home. Being an independent publication, Kinfolk is still fairly unknown to many so it was a lovely to meet other individuals who love the publication as much as I do. It was an incredible evening created by wonderful people, I’m sure anyone who was able to attend a Kinfolk gathering in any of the locations would agree it was an unforgettable experience.
Thank you Stacey Clark, The Articulate, Fox and Rabbit, Still Love, Kent St Deli, Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Eucalyptus Homewares, Oriss Films, and Aesop Skincare. And of course congratulations to Kinfolk on such a wonderful series, you certainly know how to cultivate community with your readers in every corner of the globe.
All quotes are taken from Wabi-sabi Peace, an essay by Louise Thomsen Brits featured in volume eight, The Japan Issue.
“It’s this man who sees beauty of rust and peeling paint, who understands the wisdom of rocks, beeswax polish, driftwood and beetles. He shows us that wabi-sabi is a way if seeing, a way of being in the world.”
“Through wabi-sabi we can find a way to live in harmony with nature and trust the natural order of things. We can let go of unrestrained materialism, live lightly on the the earth and learn how to inhabit our homes with care and treat each other with equanimity.”
Wabi Sabi is one of the many Japanese concepts I have a hard time translating in English. Basically it’s acknowledging the three realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. And with this understanding we can find harmony and peace. Thanks for sharing your experience of the event Linda. I think I’m inspired to host a messy meal of my own! And if you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to seek out Kinfolk…one of the few magazines that embraces knowledge, beauty and simplicity – without the commercialism that causes readers to feel inadequate.