Your Challenge if you choose to accept it is to produce an image of The Kintsugi: The Art of Embracing Damage
Kin = golden tsugi = joinery
Translated to ‘golden joinery’, Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with shining lacquer. Through embracing the flawed or imperfect, the process celebrates breakage as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
This ancient technique is believed to have begun in the 15th century, when Japanese military commander, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, broke his Chinese tea bowl and sent it away to undergo repairs. When the bowl returned, Yoshimasa was displeased to find that it had been mended with unattractive metal staples, this motivating craftsmen to find a more beautiful method of repair.
Wabi-sabi, in relation to Kintsugi, is a traditional Japanese philosophy that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfect and transient nature of life. It is rooted in Buddhism and arose from tea ceremonies in which ceramics are often dented, misshapen and irregular. Together, wabi-sabi and Kintsugi are interconnected in their shared ideal of imperfection as being something of beauty and a part of life.
More information regarding Kintsugi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi
So having explained the source of this tradition I thought it would be fun to set a challenge that exposes us to the Japanese culture of embracing the broken. For clarification you can use a broken item you are already aware of or find a broken item. You may decide to break an item you don’t much care for, provided it’s your. You may have some broken items that you cherish and this appeals appeals to your creative side. But the main theme is to embrace the broken.
Now I don’t want to restrict anybodies creativity so feel free to Post Process the break if that’s your inclination. I produced the Eastern image above as an example in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021. However the image must be taken and processed within the specified weeks challenge.
Maybe post process your own shining lacquer if you feel inclined. Any style of lacquer even staple from which the original idea was sourced.
Now despite this image I produced in the Japanese style I would encourage you to add a Western twist and think outside the box as I said previously anything is up for grabs.
Despite being connected to Wabi-Sabi don’t forget we are concentrating on the broken.
Link to further Ideas for images https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/330662797638581967/
Wabi-Sabi is in relation to Kintsugi. Feel free to check out the Wabi-Sabi challenge from 2019 by @Susan Lehmann, link below.
As always remember to have fun, be creative and out of the box interpretations are encouraged.
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