Japanese broken pottery
What Japanese Pottery Can Teach Us About Feeling Flawed - Becoming Who You Are
“Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen, Anthem Kintsukuroi (“golden mend”) is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery using lacquer resin laced with gold or silver. As well as a nifty form of repair, kintsukuroi has a deeper philosophical significance. The mended flaws become part of the object’s design, and some people believe the pottery to be even more beautiful having gone throug...
Something Old, Something New: The Making of Viktor & Rolf’s Upcycled Couture Gown
According to designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, the full, layered skirt is comprised of 100 meters of tulle in dégradé pink and lavender, with “shards” of cotton, acetate, and silk appliquéd on top. The sparkling gold foil around each piece is a riff on Kintsugi, the principle of repairing Japanese pottery so the cracks are highlighted.
Kintsugi Art, How the Repair Made, Where to Buy Kintsukuroi Gold Repair
Kintsugi: "It is a practice in Japan where they mend cracked or broken ceramics with gold, rendering the piece even more beautiful than it started out. The idea behind it is not to hide the ugliness and brokenness but instead to use gold to make it shine; to illuminate and expose the damage. And at the end of the process the piece is even more beautiful having been broken." Amen, I say.
The art of beautiful repairs
Kintsugi (金継ぎ), meaning “golden joinery,” is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using gold. It restores functionality to a broken vessel, and not only adds beauty and worth, it turns destruction and damage into the most valuable part of the piece. The scars of the past are not erased or hidden away, to be ashamed of - they are transformed, immortalized in gold.