Lacquered Brooch Made from Scrap Wood - Handcrafted in Japan / Red x Brass Design
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This stylish brooch has been handcrafted by "saca,” an emerging Japanese artist specializing in kintsugi and lacquer craft. For this small square brooch, saca combined the vibrant colors of red urushi and brass powder to create a simple but timeless design. This accessory looks particularly good when worn on the collar of a shirt.
The wood used for the brooch took quite a long journey. Harvested in the depths of the forest, it was first used at a furniture-making store, before landing in the workshop of saca to be turned into beautiful lacquered pieces.
saca is very passionate about sustainability issues.
In order to give back to nature, part of the sales will be used to help build the forest again.
■ The Story Behind this Product:
One day, saca saw a lot of scrap wood being thrown away at a nearby furniture store. She thought it was a shame because the wood could still be used. She had the idea to use her knowhow as a lacquer artist to turn this scrap wood into stylish lacquered accessories. This led to the creation of a collection of lacquered brooches.
■ The Making Process:
Each piece of wood has been carefully sanded and shaped. Saca took care to retain the natural texture of the wood to retain its warm feel. She decorated each brooch by applying multiple layers of urushi-lacquer by hand.
■ What is lacquer craft ?
Lacquering techniques have been used for ten thousand years in Japan. They are traditionally used to decorate or coat various objects made out of wood (tableware, accessories, furniture). Japanese lacquer craft is based on the use of a natural lacquer (urushi) that combines adhesive and protective properties.
■ Product information:
Place of Production: Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
Materials used: oak wood, red lacquer and brass powder. The clutch at the back is made of brass.
Size: 1.8 cm x 1.8 cm (Thickness is 4 mm.)
■ More About the Artist - saca -
saca is a kintsugi* artist based in Nagano prefecture (Japan). After studying at the famous Tama Art University, she moved to Azumino, a small town at the foot of the beautiful Japanese Alps. In addition to her activities related to kintsugi, saca has recently started creating lacquer accessories.
* Kintsugi is a technique used to repair ceramics with a natural lacquer called "urushi," which was originally applied to wood for Japanese lacquer art.
■ About us - Tsugu Tsugu -
KintsugiJapan is managed by Tsugu Tsugu Inc. We are a small company specialized in kintsugi, a traditional Japanese technique that uses gold and lacquer to repair broken vessels. Thanks to kintsugi, objects that were once broken are turned into art pieces. In the future, we intend to focus on the art of lacquerware.
In addition to selling kintsugi pieces and kintsugi supplies, we are always happy to support Japanese artists who, like us, are very passionate about sustainability issues. By shedding a light on their art, we hope to contribute to revitalizing the Japanese lacquerware industry, which has been shrinking over the past few years.
We leverage our international experience to spread the charm of kintsugi and Japanese lacquerware to the rest of the world.