Finding the beauty in brokenness
Kintsugi, also known as “golden repair,” treats the breakage and repair of an object as part of the history and character, rather than something to disguise. It honors an embraces the flawed and imperfect, just as we should ourselves, encompassing the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.
For more information about Kintsugi, here is a great article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/val-jon-farris/from-broken-to-beautiful-_b_5903994.html
The collection below is sea life from the Northern California coast. Sand dollars and clam shells collected from Clam Beach in Humboldt County, California. It was my intent to clean, polish, and preserve each piece, but not remove the flaws, or scrub away blemishes, as to honor the process of Kintsugi.