The Kintsugi Project
September - December 2017
Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese technique which repairs broken ceramics with gold. It is a great representation of not give up when you are broken. You can come back stronger and more beautiful than you were before. As gold is an expensive material, I found ways of using other sources such as gold leaf paper, spray paints and marker pens.
I began originally by breaking found ceramics in charity shops and mending them together again with a hot glue gun and gold leaf paper, to give that traditional effect. I then wanted to explore this idea with much more ambitions onto walls. Using gold spray paint I coated cracks I found on old buildings.
I liked the idea of the cracks being on a person. We all at one point break down in life, but that does not mean we can't bring the pieces back together. Using a mirror and gold leaf paper, the golden cracks are then on the person standing in front.