Recently, while reading a copy of Extra Curricular magazine (which is a great little creative mag that I highly recommend), I came across an article about Kintsugi, and was totally captivated.
Kinstugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics using lacquer or resin, mixed with gold pigment. The idea behind it is that the breakage becomes part of the object’s history, rather than rendering it useless. The item then becomes more beautiful for having been broken. Isn’t that just the nicest metaphor for life and people? *wipes away small tear*
Rather than being disguised, the breakage is turned into a feature, enhancing the original object and telling you a bit about it’s story at the same time. How fantastic is that?
I sourced all these images from the interwebz, so if you like what you see, I’d recommend giving ‘Kintsugi’ a google and ogling at the beauty to your heart’s content. And for those who read Extra Curricular, there’s a Kintsugi tutorial in issue 17.
Do you find the idea of Kintsugi a little bit magical? Have you ever tried to repair anything in a creative way? Do tell! 🙂