A place to appreciate and celebrate flaws, honesty and raw beauty…
The ensō circle is drawn by hand in one smooth, fluid, uninhibited stroke to express a moment when your mind and body are in perfect harmony to create.
It is a Japanese creative discipline from Zen practitioners and is related to the concept of wabi-sabi, which is an acceptance and appreciation for the transience and imperfection of life. Once you draw an ensō circle, you are not meant to edit it at all – simply accept it in whatever form it turns out. It represents the state of mind of the artist at that moment in time.
I fell in love with this concept a few years ago and have become quite obsessed with these beautiful, imperfect circles. I especially love the open, broken ones as they represent perfect imperfection, being open to infinite opportunities and being part of something greater.
I have a tattoo of an enso circle on my forearm. It was my first ink and I was 43 years old when I finally got the courage. It didn’t turn out 100% as I wanted it to, yet I resisted the urge to have it tweaked. Now when I look at it, I think it’s even more perfect due to not turning out precisely as I’d imagined. It was inevitably meant to be that way. Ironically, if it had been perfect, it wouldn’t be perfect.
My hope is to fill this site with stories that inspire me. Stories of imperfection, honesty, beauty, learning and acceptance.
There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen