This design is inspired by the combined traditions of kintsugi and sakura in Japan. Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold, and therefore imparting more value onto something that has been broken, not less. I've always been inspired by that message and created this design to reflect the idea of healed over cracks using the branch of a cherry tree. Sakura (cherry blossoms) symbolize renewal and future happiness, as well as remind us of the fleeting nature of life. Each section of this triptich is a different phase of life: The first with buds and cherry blossoms opening, the second mostly open flowers, and the third with petals falling from the branches. This triptich is highly decorated with 23k gold branches, and the sakura blossoms have a pearly sheen and gold stamens. This design is one I’ve been contemplating and perfecting for a long time, and is inspired by my own struggles with feeling broken and less worthy. This design is all about embracing our imperfections and struggles, as they are all a part of us. It is a reminder that we are beautiful and worthy of love and belonging.
“Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
― Brené Brown, The Gift of Imperfection