Day 245 – Japanese Kintsugi Apple

Art Apple - Day Two Hundred Forty Five“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” ~Barbara Bloom

This quote was on the Spondylitis Association of America’s Facebook wall today and voila – inspiration! I had never heard of this art form so I immediately did some research.

I learned that the Japanese created a process and practice of mending broken objects with gold. This “golden joinery” is called kintsugi and what started simply as a search for a material that was strong enough to bond ceramics back together became a practice honed and some say created on purpose once it was seen how patching and filling the lines of a broken object back together created beauty in the imperfection.

Our cracks and scars are our unique beauty – they do not break us – they only make us stronger. Honor them and fill them with gold.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 245 was created in liquid and metallic gold acrylic.

13 Replies to “Day 245 – Japanese Kintsugi Apple”

    1. Hi Betty!
      Thank you so much – I love this apple… some just touch me a bit more than others I guess.

      Hope you are well 🙂 – Jenna

    1. Judy, I’m so glad that you took a moment to let me know. It means a lot to me – thank you.

      I encourage people to share, download, print – these apples belong to the Spondylitis community – I make each one for us – the people trying everyday to live with this disease and get the word out about it.

      I know we’re lined with cracks and breaks but the imagery of gold filling those spaces makes me stronger – I hope it does you too!

      Jenna

    1. I will forever use this imagery – in both future art and for holding myself up in difficult times. Oh – the power of an image on canvas or in the mind!

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