My name is Julia Greene. My collection, Good Damage, is inspired by the aesthetics and philosophy behind kintsugi pottery. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold. This treats the breakage and repair as part of the object’s history to be acknowledged and celebrated. This philosophy can also be applied to the human experience. Everyone has a story where they endure “breakage”, struggle with their imperfections, and then have the choice to heal and grow from their experience. In the end, the damage is good because it builds to create a better self.
With “Good Damage” I aspire to both capture the aesthetics of the pottery itself and provide the wearer with the confidence of someone who has fallen, gotten back up, and now become stronger and more experienced because of their struggle. My collection features rounded moments and gradients in teal, black and white to reflect the appearance of traditional pottery. The most notable feature in my collection is the golden cracks, which are painted over devoré velvet and continued as embroidery over illusion netting.