Eleanor Kerr-Patton is changing how we discuss mental illness through introspective art jewellery
CREATED USING ETHICALLY SOURCED MATERIALS
Kintsugi: knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken
Collection of jewellery exploring the taboos surrounding mental health.
After experiencing trauma, followed by mental health struggles, I naturally turned to my art as a way to process these expereinces. For me mirrors represent the presented self. They are a literal reflection of how we wish to be seen, hiding beneath the surface is our true selves. By using whole, broken, and repaired mirrors, my new collection explores the different stages of mental health and the pressure to present a perfect image of yourself, when inside you are broken. Using the Kintsugi technique of repairing with gold, I have created pieces of jewellery which show the beauty in the broken. I want people who struggle with depression, anxiety, every mental health problem there is, to know that they are not alone, and that they are beautiful.