Kintsugi and Cancer

by Julie Parker on November 19, 2016

I am tweaking the book before the next printing, and I added a bit about Kintsugi in the chapter on Post-traumatic Growth. I feel – after dancing with two cancer – that I am more beautiful than my original self…

From amusingplanet.com, “Kintsugi, The Japanese Art of Fixing Broken Pottery With Gold”:

“Most people would like damages to their broken items to be concealed and hidden by repair making the object look like new. But the Japanese art of Kintsugi follows a different philosophy. Rather than disguising the breakage, kintsugi restores the broken item incorporating the damage into the aesthetic of the restored item, making it part of the object’s history. Kintsugi uses lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver, platinum, copper or bronze, resulting into something more beautiful than the original.”

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