Monday, 9 May 2016

Broken Vases Stitched by Sewing with Gold Thread

Artist Charlotte Bailey constructs her patchwork vases by sewing fragmented porcelain back together. Brighton based embroidery artist has used patterned fabric and metallic thread, and her creations put an astounding new spin on the ancient Japanese custom of kintsugi.

Therefore, the traditional Kintsugi technique, broken pottery is repaired by rejoining the pieces with golden lacquer, which highlights the damage as a celebrated aspect of the heirloom’s history. She said, I’m very much inspired with philosophy, because it seems so at odds with our modern Western “throwaway culture” that seldom values the craft inherent in an object, or the significant and valuable social and cultural role.  Throwaway is bad culture, because sometime useless things convert into excellent object. 

Embroidery is medium choice of Bailey, and she has found a way to re-envision that exceptional ethos covers the segments of each shattered vessel with cloth and then stitches them together with gold thread. Therefore, resulting vases hold their flat original shapes, but with a newly textured outer layer and a few radiance, asymmetrical embellishments that add distinctive intrigue.

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