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Eleanor Kerr-Patton

Eleanor Kerr-Patton

My experience of anxiety and trauma motivated the creation of a body of work which elicits a more open approach to conversations about mental illness. Each piece of jewellery is an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others.

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.

Ethically sourced sterling silver encases shattered mirror, bonded by seams of golden dust. Signs of past damage become something to be admired and celebrated. Each stage of mental illness is expressed through broken, repaired, and whole mirrors which represent the self. Gold has historically been used to heal physical illness, I use it to expresses the healing of the mind.