Chimney cats in the last days

chimney cats (07 May 2015)

chimney cats (07 May 2015)

Today (14 May 2015) is the last day for Avid Gallery’s limited edition of the Chimney Cats made to celebrate Bronwynne Cornish’s exhibition of work currently showing at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.

Originally intended to guard chimneys from witches coming down them, the first group of Bronwynne’s chimney cats appeared 1982.

 

Wabi-sabi mosaic

mosaic (06 March 2015)

mosaic (06 March 2015)

The topic of kintsukuroi (to repair with gold) is fresh in my mind, my having recently reposted an item I had found on Donna Fleischer’s wordpond. Sheltering from an autumnal downpour, this afternoon, I noticed this part of the tile flooring nearby. A connection established itself in my mind; I took out my camera and carefully squeezed off a couple of shots.

Wikipedia has an informative article on the subject of the Japanese aesthetic known as wabi-sabi.

Kintsukuroi

I have a beautiful handmade lidded jar which broke when, several months ago, the box in which it is stored took a tumble. This post about “kintsukuroi” reminds me (again) to repair my broken jar.

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Kintsugi means “to patch with gold”, a Japanese technique thought to have begun in the late 15th century, after a shogun sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China to be fixed. It was returned held together with ugly metal staples, so Japanese craftsmen developed a way to repair the vessel by mending the cracks ornamentally.

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My eclectic, East-meets-West décor

furniture (26 Sep 2012)

furniture (26 Sep 2012)

head of Buddha (17 Sep 2012)

head of Buddha (17 Sep 2012)

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Back on 16 June, I wrote a piece called Home and garden about curtains and furniture … and about some of the items I was proposing to add to “my eclectic, East-meets-West décor.”

Securing first a couple of compact armchairs in black leather, I have since added a tall open cabinet in antiqued red, and (from Nepal) a white-glazed terracotta head of Buddha.

Yesterday I brought home the black folding tray-table I’d first spotted back in June.

The Vietnamese bamboo screen is temporary – it’s hiding a bunch of boxes I have yet to deal with.