GrainStain Arts® is rooted in a philosophy coined by Cruz as, wàsayū. The word wasayū is derived from three Japanese words: Wabi (侘), Sabi (寂) and Yūgen (幽玄). Together they are an Eastern view of beauty in the rustic, humble, imperfect, aged; and mysterious grace. Western beauty is grand, perfect, symmetrical and sparkling. Wabi-sabi is the embracing of the imperfect and transient nature of life. Yūgen is a feeling; moments in life of profound grace that go beyond words. United, within Cruz's work they are wàsayū.
feeling profound grace in obscured transient beauty.
Substrate and Medium
Spruce, Fir, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Ash, Elm, Oak, Sassafras, Birch, and Walnut are just some of the species used. GrainStain Arts® works with superior pigmented stain. A virtually non-toxic waterbased stain, allowing Cruz to work indoors in her studio. The preferred clear finish is one dating back to antiquity yet boasts as one of the greenest finishes with natural UV resistancy. Stain on wood is an unforgiving medium. It requires knowledge and experience of technique; something Cruz has pioneered in this medium.
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