Whatever’s broken can be mended and sometimes even made better. That’s not limited to a philosophy of relationships, but an art as well. You can learn from mistakes and create beauty out of tragedy and Charlotte Bailey has done that with her own embroidered interpretation of kintsugi.
Intrigued and inspired by the Japanese art of repair broken pottery with eye-catching lacquer (that’s typically ameliorated with rich, colorful dust of gold or silver), the Brighton-based artist creates patchwork porcelain without any glue at all.
Kintsugi honors the story of an object, looking to its once-shattered remains as a stage of its existence and place on the shelf, rather than hiding its broken history. Instead, Bailey painstakingly weaves gold metallic thread between the cracks to celebrate the wear and tear of belongings. Beautifully calling attention to the interstices of effects derides the throwaway culture of the western world and celebrates appreciation and endurance.
See her embroidered take on kintsugi (and more on her Facebook) below.