Puyallup Speaker Spotlight: Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Wabi-Sabi Expert

| 5/11/2011 3:09:09 PM

Get to know Robyn Griggs Lawrence of Ogden Publications. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Easy Green Cleaning for Pennies – 9 a.m. Sunday on the Herb Companion stage

Simply Imperfect: 12 Steps to Wabi-Sabi – 1 p.m. Sunday on the Natural Home stage

Robyn What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees? 

I always love sharing natural, green cleaning techniques with people. I’m particularly excited to talk about wabi-sabi at this time because my book about that was just released.Tell us about your background with your particular topic.I’ve been studying wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and rustic, for about 10 years. I first encountered the philosophy at a sweet, rustic stone house in Maine, built completely by hand and appointed with cozy flea market furniture and other dumpster finds. While discussing the house with the homeowner, I asked about a rusty grate hanging on the wall. She called it “wabi-sabi,” a term I had never heard. Kate explained that wabi-sabi was the Japanese art of appreciating things that are imperfect, primitive and incomplete. I knew immediately that wabi-sabi was the concept I’d been living all my life. The beauty of discovering it was to now point to something concrete when answering to my mother, my husband, or assorted others about my wild garden, my raw-wood salvaged French doors, the yellowing enamel table I insist on using as a desk.

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