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Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence by Andrew Juniper
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book gives quite a thorough (though readable) history of wabi-sabi as a concept, and its development. It's illustrated with matt black-and-white photos, in keeping with the aesthetic. The author takes the subject seriously (unlike some western writers and designers who confuse it with minimalism or folksiness).

I read it as part of my research into my fine art dissertation on the differing Japanese and western attitudes to perfection and permanence in art and artefacts; and found it very useful background.
A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and learned, 1 Jan 2013
I bought this as part of my research on a Fine Art dissertation about differing Japanese attitudes to perfection and permanence as evidenced in art and artefacts.

It proved very useful. It's short and, despite the forbidding title, not at all hard to read. It has also been set out in an unusual but effective fashion, so that you can read different aspects of the arguments separately if you choose.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi etc.
Lark Studio Series: Handmade Books by Ray Hemachandra
I bought this as a Christmas present for an artistically-inclined young girl, and at the price I paid (3.74) it was good value.

What it doesn't do is show you how to make a handmade book; but there are other books around that do.

What it does is show a variety (though nearly all American) of handmade books in different styles. It made a nice little stocking-filler and I hope will give her some inspiration to try a handmade book or two of her own.

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