What is Kintsugi?

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In India, keeping broken crockery is a bad luck open and sometimes just a hazard from a common sense perspective. My mum never let me glue anything breakable back together for this reason.

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In japan It’s a completely different story. Translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi, which means “golden repair”) is the centuries-oldart of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The concept is that things that a broken should not just be disguared as it’s the unique nature of the fractures that can actually make them beautiful when they are taken care of and healed. A great perspective to take on the human condition too, don’t you think?

 

Magical ceramics that aren’t mass produced

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Fact #9 : “Vanessa Joy Amorosi (born 8 August 1981) is an Australian singer-songwriter and recording artist” – Wikipedia

We’ve all seen the mermaid and unicorn trend take hold as people try and fashion giant horns out of their multicolored hair and apply themselves with glitter in lieu of clothing. I love me some mythical beasts but it’s all getting a little to extra, especially with mass production. Any who has walked into their friends house and thought it reminded them of an IKEA catalog will know what I’m talking about.

Kate Marks of silver lining ceramics, with her Vanessa Amorosi vibes, creates amazing iridescent golden ceramic mugs, ice cream crystal sculptures, bowls, enamel pins and a myriad of other things to make your heart flutter. Her items are usually done in runs and as she’s Seattle based, you can get them in person, stalk her Instagram and pounce on Etsy or commission something.

 

3 people bringing embroidery back

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Fact #8: The earliest example of embroidery was found in China from the 5th -3rd century AD.

We might know it as something gran does but embroidery has always been close to my kitschy heart and when there is amazing work out there killing it, I need no nostalgic excuses to embroidery crush on these 3 artists:

Sarah K Benning: I don’t know how she so convincingly embroiders plants and scenes, I just know I want a piece of it on my wall. He website stocks patterns, patches and wall pieces so you can be as involved in the creation as you like.

Tessa Perlow: From the botanical to the rad and details, Sarah covers a vast style spectrum and a price spectrum to match. You’ll find her work on Etsy or worn of clothing she up-cycles.

Sophie King : has a bad ass social cause vibe about her work and we love it though some of her subject matter is more for grown ups. Patches, pins, prints and clothing with her signature slogan can be found in her shop. Her sequin pieces are pretty amazing too

 

Space Art Travel Bureau

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Fact #5: If any planets are in the sky at the time of a total solar eclipse, they can be seen as points of light

It’s Solar eclipse time in America, a fact I learnt by hearing audio of complete wonder during a podcast. Suffice to say I am completely jealous but if you are a space nerd like me, perhaps you can live vicariously through these beautifully designed posters by Dr. Tyler Nordgren: Artist – Astronomer – Night Sky Ambassador. I wish that was on my business card!

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The posters designed by NASA show spots in America which got the best view of the eclipse. Isn’t it nice when beautiful design informs or answers questions? You can spot more of his work here.

Kickstaring humanscale

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Fact #4: “Humanscale is a masterfully crafted quick-reference guide for designing objects, interactions, and environments for humans”

Have you ever made dinner and noticed that the fridge was unusually far away from the bench, stove or sink? There are considerations of proportion and design that go into the planning and creation of you favourite spaces and furniture, like an invisible mapping of our body proportions.

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After being  published by design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates between 1974 and 1981, these three part rotating discs of mapping have been forgotten for decades and now there’s a push to bring it back, to the rejoicing of our spines, and you can be a part of it here.

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