Born in 1989 - United Kingdom
Smashing pottery and working detailed, delicate embroidery may not seem like the most obvious combination for a new body of work to be born from. However, these two unlikely process have merged in Charlotte Bailey's latest creation: ‘kintsugi vases’.
‘Kintsugi’ is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Rather than discard a cracked item, here the object’s wear and tear is celebrated, beautified, treasured: gold lacquer is applied to cracks, highlighting the resulting joins and transforming – even elevating – the broken pieces into an exemplary response to initial accident.
The moment of inspiration came when, waitressing one evening, she dropped a willow-pattern plate: Priceless Ming-porcelain dynasty it may not have been, but surely the concept remains the same. Her mind then turned to the practicality of ‘rebuilding’ a shattered item of porcelain, integrating textile techniques and – most importantly – experimenting with an entirely new application for her ‘goldwork’embroidery. It is this application of gold thread that she feels is a vital part of connecting her textile reconstruction with its ‘kintsugi’ origins.
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