Admiring the Imperfect – Simple, Weathered door, off centered in photo
Many look at design worshiping wealth, youth, and perfection. However, the art of Kintsugi-(video) can inspire us to appreciate and cherish the imperfect, aged, weathered, and unpretentious.
Kintsugi is a Japanese method for fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to acknowledge fixing broken things and finding beauty in age, and imperfections, instead of disguising them.
Below: An example of a non-perfect composition of vintage items with peeling paint in the background that creates a story of depth and history.
Below: A human spirit can be acknowledged through Kintsugi. Below is an example of artist, Mickalene Thomas cherishing the hard earned years, beauty, and wisdom through the vision of her mother.
This is a perfect first case study that starts from within; teaching us to respect and admire imperfect design, starting with ourselves.