1000?, 2000? toneladas de oro artisticamente talladas. Oro inca.. paititi. Un mundo con gente buena, gente bien.. Después se quejan por lo que pasa, son los peores .. no aprenden más
金継ぎ ('Kintsugi'/Gold Repair)
Finished Piece 1
Anyone who followed the conceptual premise of my thesis project would be aware that kintsugi was one of the main points of inspiration for the restoration of heritage architecture in Christchurch post-earthquake. Literally translating as 'golden repair', Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramics by gluing them back together with lacquer and gold - a process that embraces and highlights both the damage and the repair, ultimately adding value to what could have been disregarded as waste.
I spent yesterday afternoon at @makersbase in Meguro-ku, learning a contemporary version of the process that employs a quicker-drying resin (rather than the traditional urushi/lacquer that can take up to a year to fully set depending on thickness). Although not the real thing, the experience was really enjoyable and it's a skill I'm hoping to continue to hone whilst I'm here in Tokyo and after I return home.