Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Take a Break: Try Kintsugi the Japanese art of Repair

At the moment, there seems to be so much conflict in our country, and with Valentines Day just a week away, what better way to promote repairing the breaks in our life and in society then by trying Kintsugi, “golden joinery.” According to the philosophy behind this ancient Japanese tradition, nothing is ever truly broken and fits with “wabi-sabi,” the aesthetic of the beauty of things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.   

 Kintsugi basically repairs broken pottery by using seams of gold. Recently, I saw a display of it and was captivated.

As you can see from the video, traditional Kintsugi can take months to repair. However,  there are some simpler ways to do this with things like Epoxy,  E 600. Once an item is repaired, you will most likely not use it for food or drinks, but rather use it to hold plants, pencils, art supplies, flowers or whatever strikes your fancy.

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