Hello my lovelies, I hope you are all well! This is Riku! The ancient Japanese art of mending broken objects with gold, kintsugi, teaches us that if we choose to embrace our struggles and repair ourselves with love, we become more beautiful for having been broken. Rather than disguising our breaks and cracks, the philosophy of kintsugi encourages us to highlight them because they are evidence of our life’s journey. The different pieces are what make us what we are today, complex, unique, one-of-a-kind!

kintsugi art doll

Riku is inspired by kintsugi. Her anatomical heart is broken but mended, and is beautiful because of and not in spite of this.

kintsugi art doll

I was thrilled to make this art doll. I have wanted to create a kintsugi inspired art doll for quite a while now. When I was commissioned to create an art doll to be given to a jewellery designer for a special birthday I immediately took a look at her work! What can I say? Wow! Contemporary, innovative and original, bold yet delicate! Works of art! This is what Liana has to say about her collection ‘To Mend My Broken Heart’:

Picking Up the Pieces, Brooch by Liana Pattihis, 2018

Replacing the lacquer and gold powder dust used in the traditional method, with epoxy and silver or gold chain, the aim is to embrace the damaged and the imperfect, by highlighting the cracks and missing pieces with the chain. The mended flaws become part of the design, offering the object a new identity. Healing the scars of the flawed and the unwanted, the object becomes purposeful and desirable yet again. Drawn to the philosophical interpretation of Kintsugi, that the cracks and seams are merely a symbol of an event that happened in the life of the object, rather than the cause of its destruction, the pieces are reborn, granting the object a lease of a new life. Using a selection of unwanted and damaged wedding gifts and objects collected over the years, a collection of curious, wearable pieces and decorative objects is created, whilst giving the original pieces a unique new identity and function. L.P.

So, it was the perfect opportunity to create a kintsugi inspired doll, at last! I used japanese origami paper for her dress and her hair decoration. And I had so much fun making her japanese sandals or geta (下駄)!

“I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

That were made long ago

I have some cracks in me

They have been filled with gold

That’s what they used back then

When they had a bowl to mend

It did not hide the cracks

It made them shine instead

So now every old scar shows

From every time I broke

And anyone’s eyes can see

I’m not what I used to be

But in a collector’s mind

All of these jagged lines

Make me more beautiful

And worth a much higher price

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

I was made long ago

I have some cracks you can see

See how they shine of gold.”

Peter Mayer

kintsugi art doll

Her name Riku (俐空) means wise sky in japanese! Have a lovely weekend!

Filakia, Sophie

P.S. You might also enjoy this japanese inspired art doll too!

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