Kintsugi - the art of disaster

Amanda MacKinnell, Mohsen Varsei

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Unprecedented – perhaps this is the word of this decade. It is frequently paired with descriptions of disruptions and disasters, including the 2019 Australian Bushfires, the Global Pandemic, flooding, and now, renewed conflict in Europe, and a gloomy economic outlook. Our contemporary approach of encouraging resilience and attempting to manage the unpredictable opens some doorways to opportunity but to fully embrace the potential benefits inherent in undergoing change requires new thinking, from wider influences. One lesson arises from Japan: the art of Kintsugi – “Golden Repair”, teaching that dedicated repairing of a broken item contributes to its increased value post-fracture. This philosophy may help us better understand, and embrace disruptions. We might even look better with golden cracks!
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationAIB Review
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2022


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