Art And Design Series.

Sailing Away! By Pejj Nunes

Unity and Shibui

The core goal of design is unity. “Unity is an expression of organization and order” You will find it in the designs you create. It is there if there is a pattern or scheme, and if you create a schematic arrangement such as a flower in your composition of a diagram or other representation. What you create may be symbolic and simplified both are conceptually schematic. I am conscious of the unity I build into the Shibui I create. How I work the color around the foundation infuses unity, it establishes it. A viewer will focus on and follow color around the image when it is done. Color, design, these are road maps for the mind.

As I developed Shibui I became aware that it reminded me of something I had seen before. Something I still love! The first recall was the work of Alphonse Mucha. This came my way as a young girl in the form of cards in a very old brown album. The second form of art was my growing love of Japanese prints. I would get comments from patrons who would comment about my work reminding them of Japanese prints, that they were delicate, dainty. I thought about this, and realise they were making a connection to the color and the Black India Ink lines. While at USM one of my classes was in part about design. We created images using Black India Ink and played with design. This too was something I loved doing, it shows up in the Shibui I create. When I work at Shibui I feel that design mode I fall into.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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