The Wabi Aesthetic

Quilt-BlockSusan first encountered “Wabi” as an aesthetic theme while dining at a New Orleans restaurant, Mike’s on the Avenue, years ago. The entire restaurant was done in black and white but the waiters wore hand-painted, colorful ties.

The bussers wore black t-shirts with the word WABI printed prominently on the front. When asked, the restaurant’s owner and chef, Michael Fennelly, explained that Wabi was a Zen concept, which to him meant “perfection through spontaneous imperfection.”

Today, Susan’s many Wabi creations celebrate the complexity, color and imperfections that are the very fiber of our every day lives.