Broken Is Beautiful

The idea of "Broken Is Beautiful" has been dancing through my mind! It started with dropping my grandmothers antique marble hand roller, watching it break as it collided with the floor. I spent hours trying to decide how the precious item could be repaired .... stumbling upon a technique called Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, poetically translating to “golden joinery". This technique is a centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. The technique rejoins ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, using a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

Once completed, what was once broken is now a one-of-a-kind "repaired" piece with beautiful seams of gold in the conspicuous cracks. This method emphasizes the fractures and breaks, often making a repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, giving it a second life!

This concept is growing in popularity and making an appearance in many different approaches ... from repairing wall tile to concrete floors.

Even repairs to asphalt walkways can become a piece of art!

"Golden" repairs are even showing up in furniture and wallpaper!

This concept is a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections. You won't realize your full potential until you go through the tough times.