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In traditional Japanese aesthetics Yugen refers to a profound and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe... linked with a bittersweet melancholy. This piece combines the sense of Yugen with Compatior; compassion for animals.


To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo.  

Zeami Motokiyo 


A gold disk hangs from a golden blossom. It is dotted with turquoise, one of the oldest symbols of loving friendship. Inset is a Victorian button with flowers; the memory of a garden under a setting sun. From this moment of beauty... a wisp of black hair trails. A tangible cord that connects us to a beloved animal... connecting us with all beloved animals. Yugen reminds us that contained in our love for our animals is a love for all life.


The swathe of hair is given freely by a much loved donkey named Siog. She is a small black donkey who lives on a quiet little island. She lives there still. Her eyes are dark and sweet; she moves with calm and steady purpose. Her tiny body is filled with a profound grace and subtlety.  She is a good teacher. Siog left tail hairs in her paddock.  They were carefully collected by her devoted human companion. Now they have made their way here, to you... from Siog.  A token of love’s beauty: a compassionate reminder.


Reclaimed vintage gold earring, Victorian dyed picture button, vintage brass flowers, turquoise, vintage brass leaves, gold-filled chain + 10K gold chain, Donkey tail hair (naturally shed), vintage brass ‘S’ hook, found brooch back.

Fashion Shoot:  Photographer:   Art Zaratsyan, Stylist: Grace Chumfong


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