Following a period of mental ill health, the creation of this collection enabled me to explore and come to terms with my own experience of mental illness and trauma. Ethically sourced sterling silver is used to encase shattered mirror, bonded by seams of golden dust. The signs of past damage become something to be admired and celebrated. I use broken, repaired, and perfect whole mirrors to represent the self. Each stage of mental illness is expressed through how broken or repaired the mirror is. While gold has historically been used to heal physical illness, I use it to expresses the healing of the mind.In the tradition of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer and pure gold dust , I have endeavoured to show the beauty of damaged things. The philosophy of the technique treats damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise. Each piece in this collection can be worn as an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others. In the months following the launch of this collection, I have been contacted by many people who have felt empowered and enabled to share their story with me.
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