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The Art of Kintsugi: Learning the Japanese Craft of Beautiful Repair

The Art of Kintsugi: Learning the Japanese Craft of Beautiful Repair

Alexandra Kitty

Available October 2020

$27.99

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Beauty in imperfection! Learn the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi and understand why, in the way of kintsugi artists, broken is better than new. This is your guide to putting the pieces back together to restore broken plates, vases, and other ceramics and glass items to be even better than before. Starting with repairing a simple dent or crack, you’ll gain the skills to reconstruct goblets, vases, plates, spherical objects, and statues. Transform your broken pieces and heirlooms, or create new works of art and wearable art with this method. Explore kintsugi’s fascinating origins in 1400s Japan, its history, and its philosophy, along with ways to push the boundaries for your creations today. As you repair ceramic and glass objects—kintsugi works for both precious and thrift-store level items—you’ll learn the traditional methods as well as modern methods not taught elsewhere. You’ll soon appreciate why kintsugi is the only Japanese art form that has taken a spiritual philosophy as its very purpose.

Size: 8″ x 8″ x 1/2″ | 85 images | 96 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360541 | Binding: hard cover

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Alexandra Kitty is an artist, author of multiple books, and educator who specializes in kintsugi and metalworking. She has taught her craft at Niagara College and the Dundas Valley School of Art. She was the first female recipient of McMaster University’s Arch Award for career achievement. She runs A Dangerous Woman Story Studio where art weaves with matriarchal fiction. Kitty also teaches other ancient art forms such as encaustics, kumihimo, and picassiette, as well as modern techniques such as glass fusion and alcohol inking. She has written for Elle Canada, Maisonneuve, Critical Review, and Skeptic among others. When she is not working on her art, she goes antiquing, writes about media isues, and plays the theremin. She lives in Stoney Creek, Ontario. www.alexandrakitty.com