Beautiful imperfections

I attended the opening of an art exhibition recently where different textile artists chose a piece of poetry as an inspiration for an art work.

I was particularly taken by the MJ Chatterton’s poem “Kintsugi”. (MJ publishes poems on TWITTER.)

Kintsugi by MJ Chatterton

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. The areas of breakage are mended with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum often adding considerably to the value the item with these beautiful imperfections.

A new value for continued use!

With knee replacement surgery in less than 24 hours, I’m holding onto any sort of positivity to quell fear.

This philosophy of treating breakage and repair as part of an object’s history, rather than a disguise particularly fascinated me.

金継ぎ, “golden joinery”

So just as repairing broken ceramics can give a new lease of life to pottery, hopefully the removals and additions and scars of TKR will give me an improved new life.

Author: Breda Fay

I'm retired since end August 2016 and loving the new life! More time now for family and friends and to explore craft, history, travel and certainly more of a chance for, me-time. To paraphrase Seuss: I've no tears that (teaching) is over; but many smiles that it happened!

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