Karin Maas

Part of the graduation collection ‘K[ar]intsugi’, 4 pairs of shoes, 4th year SASK, d’Academie Beeld Sint-Niklaas in Belgium, 2022.

High-shaft boots with gold-rimmed leather patchwork shards and a curved heel.

A collection inspired by Kintsugi (golden joinery), also known as Kintsukuroi (golden repair), the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum; the method is similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Maas: ‘Breaking it and putting it back together is like falling and getting back up again: a metaphor for life.’

Photo’s by Hessel Waalewijn.

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