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“There are cracks in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

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[Kintsugi] “means “golden joinery” in Japanese, and it refers to the art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold. Chances are, a vessel fixed by kintsugi will look more gorgeous, and more precious, than before it was fractured.” – An exhibition of kintsugi at the Smithsonian.

I found out about this from RimesWriting on twitter.

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Daniella VG has recommended these two books: 

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Junichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of the Shadow – “This is an enchanting essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. Tanizaki’s eye ranges over architecture, jade, food, toilets, and combines an acute sense of the use of space in buildings, as well as perfect descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. The result is a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age.”

Wabi-sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers [Paperback]

Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
It is a beauty of things unconventional.

 

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