Kintsugi — making broken lives beautiful!
Kintsugi — making broken lives beautiful!
Will you throw away that beautiful dress which your mother had worn back in time when she was your age?
Even if you don’t wear it, you will keep it out of nostalgia. Similarly, those stretch marks on your body or that scarred knee, are a part of you, what you have been through, and the adventures you stepped into. Keep yourself for your future self, with all that you have and all that you are.
Remember the times when everyone was struggling to be perfect, whether in terms of living, personality or looks; well, now, things have taken a leap and the imperfections are embraced to the core. With the trending makeup free selfies of the celebrities to the numerous posts of stretch marks, scars, and bruises of celebrities and people following them, the world is in making a better version.
It all started when every image around us was without a flaw, looking right through us like we’re the ones who are imperfect cause that was when we were all unaware of how the digital world waves the magic wand on every aspect of an image including celebrities or perfect versions of humans. Now, even the common man would know the reality of the amount of hard work put in to make those images perfect.
There have been instances where even the celebrities have faced body shaming via social media. I’m sure some of us have also faced comments about how fat, short, flawed we are. In recent times, a lot of critical comments have been passed on a lot of people about their appearance, but also, they have come right back at them and answered with accepting themselves and others with the flaws that they identify with. In popular culture, there have been songs keeping the essence of beauty in imperfections, like ‘All of me’ by John Legend.
Being yourself, accepting your true self with all the originality and reminiscent imperfections is what the world is turning to. The slightly crooked nose, grey hair, broken tooth corner, freckles, scars and all the beautiful memories you keep to yourself are only to make you what you are as an individual. In the past, cancer patients who have embraced their scars as their victory marks in the battle they fought for life with the help of photographers who have made them see themselves with the scars in a different light.
Scars have also been turned into art by artists all over the world. Jamie Kastelic, of St. Joseph, Mich., who went through double mastectomy in 2012, wanted to be herself and accept the beauty of her being with what remains after her surgery. Eventually, she wanted to make art on her chest to reminisce her battle with breast cancer. ‘Artist Jenni Bush acquiesced, adorning Kastelic’s chest with iterations of pink — the emblematic color of her disease — in merely 15 minutes. The experience left more than a mark’ as told to wndu.com
Another artist Helene Guggenheim celebrates the world of perfect imperfections in her project ‘Mes cicatrices Je Suis d’elles, entièrment tissé’. The title translates from French as: ‘my scars, of them I am fully woven.’ And is picked from a line of the artist’s very own poems. She practices the art of ‘Kintsugi’ on the bodies of the people who have been through battles leaving them scars behind. ‘Kintsugi’ that translates to mean ‘golden joinery’, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. She interpreted it in her own way and started aiding with art.
Another example of celebrating brokenness, a business owner from Tokyo, Japan, Kunio Nakamura; He is investing time and his artsy skills of ‘Kintsugi’, to aid the people of Kumamoto. The earthquake left the regions devastated with a lot of structural damage that included personal belongings like Heirlooms and antique collections with high sentimental value, shattered or destroyed altogether. Nakamura volunteered to help the people restore their precious possessions by encouraging them to keep hold of the broken pottery through his twitter account while he travels around Kumamoto to offer his services free of cost.
Kintsugi and Wabi Sabi (Meaning perfect imperfections) have been an inspiration for the Valentino designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, as they recently launched a collection of elevated basics comprising of 12 men’s and 12 women’s items, each delivered in a numbered canvas pouch. In a sartorial interpretation of kintsugi, the designers used the stud as a functional element to conjoin seams in place of stitching on everything from sweaters to a duster coat. There are also accessories, consisting of white leather sneakers, a black folio for men and an envelope clutch and minaudière for women as published by The Wall Street Journal on 27th April. Elevating the basics with rock studs symbolically refers to reworking and keeping the classics alive.
The very recent release of Beyoncé’s visual album, ‘Lemonade’, which is breaking the internet had a few seconds of a black bowl repaired by kintsugi depicting her relationship with her husband, it’s symbolic of not letting go and putting in something like gold to have it work.
The philosophy of the art is to accept the fact that delicate items become cracked or broken, but this doesn’t have to alter their functionality. Cracks can be fixed, and pieces can be repaired to make items whole once again. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
The whole story comes to echo one simple message of finding beauty in what everybody calls imperfections, where they actually are a symbol of individuality and uniqueness. Whether humans or objects, one should value what sentiments they hold for us.