Eleanor Kerr-Patton is changing how we discuss mental illness through introspective kintsugi jewellery


Kintsugi: knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken

Collection of jewellery exploring the taboos surrounding mental health.

Recycled sterling silver encases shattered mirror, bonded by seams of golden dust. Signs of past damage become something to be admired and celebrated. In the tradition of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and gold dust, I endeavor to show the beauty of damaged things. The philosophy of Kintsugi treats damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.

Mirror reflects ones self, each one is repaired with gold which has historically been used to heal physical illness, here that is open to interpretation.

My work explores healing and recovery and the emotions felt throughout that process. For myself the connection is with my mental health journey, for others is may be recovery from a physical illness, or simply an appreciation of the philosophy of Kintsugi. Each piece of jewellery is an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others.

Hidden Damage pendant £445

Just Me? Bracelet £525

Healing Process necklace £1670

Healing earrings £250

Healing ring £170