The Kintsukuroi Portrait Project

Everyone has experienced something, and even though it can break you it doesn't mean that you can't be repaired. This project is centered around the Japanese philosophy of Kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair") and Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery"), the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with  gold or other precious metals. These method treat the breakage and repair of an object as part of its history, rather than something to disguise or ultimately discard.

This project visually illustrates how our experiences have affected us, shaped us and ultimately strengthened us.


What the Project Involves

1) Download and complete the worksheet

2) Email the worksheet and three references photos of yourself that are 300 dpi or higher

3) Indicate in your email whether or not you want to be anonymous  

What Will the Final Project Look Like?

The final project will be a series of illustrated or painted portraits with quotes from each worksheet,

everything will be run each by the individual before this goes to print.

Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated... a kind of physical expression of the spirit
—  Christy Bartlett, Author of Flickwerk: The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics