In the late 15th Century, Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa helped to procure the artform of Kintsugi by asking ceramists to repair a broken piece of pottery. It was put back together with seams of lacquer mixed with pure gold, thus highlighting the cracks and making the object even more beautiful than it’s original form.
On a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, I met and saw many young people who take meticulous amounts of time to craft garments and head to toe outfits to represent their own unique styles. It was painfully apparent how much more creativity can surface when there are limited funds and resources available. There, I was further inspired by communities and individuals who took the time to hand-make items, mend clothing and work and rework outfits to present them like it was a first every time. At the same time it is exciting to see movements in larger, industrialized countries take on the handmade, bespoke values of the past.
All of this has motivated me to continue my own history of conservation, design and creation of utilitarian pieces to be used and appreciated. At this time, KIN-TSUGI goods is a line of vintage and contemporary clothing that has been hand-chosen and re-worked to be given a new life. In the spirit of the original Kintsugi art form, gold thread and paint find itself woven throughout each piece of the KIN-TSUGI goods line.