Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Feng Shui: The Use and Value of Feng Shui in Interior Design in Nothern Ohio
by Kiehl, Kathryn A., M.A., The University of Akron, 2005, 88; 10805836
Abstract (Summary)

Grand Master Thomas Lin Yun and his American pupil, Sarah Rossbach, brought Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, to the United States in the early 1980s. Their introduction of Feng Shui to the West opened doors for ordinary people to learn, practice, and adapt the art of Feng Shui.

Traditional schools of Feng Shui, such as the Form School and the Compass School, continue to evolve. The newer Black Hat Sect and Pyramid Schools, however, have become the major versions of Feng Shui used in the United States.

Traditional Feng Shui is a complex system that may involve years of study. Westerners have found Feng Shui interesting and intriguing, but Americans prefer quicker resolutions. Books, with titles such as Fast Feng Shui and 10-Minute Feng Shui, promote the idea that this Eastern concept can be implemented in a short time. They offer readers do-it-yourself advice and discuss basic concepts that are easy to understand and implement because they relate to common sense.

Western Feng Shui focuses on reducing clutter, which can impede the flow of energy or chi. Books suggest changes that can be made in the existing environment to increase the flow of chi and stress that people who carry out the recommended changes are likely to feel a personal sense of accomplishment.

The bagua is the newest and most important tool used by Western Feng Shui practitioners. Analysis revealed that the bagua has been increasingly simplified by Western authors and practitioners since being first mentioned by Sarah Rossbach in her 1983 book, Feng Shui, The Chinese Art of Placement.

Feng Shui is only beginning to be offered by interior design specialists in Northern Ohio. Those who prefer this service report a growing interest in this practice. The designers and practioners who were interviewed for this study believed that the process of learning, teaching, and using Feng Shui was beneficial and of value. Feng Shui provided clients a new intriguing path to design solutions. In turn, practitioners reported personal gratification from learning and implementing a new skill that enhanced their professional work.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gunn, Virginia
School: The University of Akron
Department: Clothing, Textiles and Interiors
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Feng shui, Interior design
Publication Number: 10805836
ISBN: 978-0-355-83464-2
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