Vesperisms S2E2: Kintsugi & Reconciliation

VESPERISMS: The Art of Thinking for Yourself

15-01-2021 • 21 minutos

What can the Japanese art of Kintsugi—repairing broken vessels with lacquer and gold—say to us in this moment of fractured self, relationships and culture? We talk about the history of Kintsugi and its philosophy, what the art entails, and what it does to the soul when it is practiced.

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In this episode, I talk about paring down my illustration tools. Here's what I use, if you're interested:

Watercolors: 5 colors, by Winsor & Newton—Rose Madder, Aureolin Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo (Winsor) Green.

Paper: Arches 140 lb Hot Press natural, 22x30" sheets.

Brushes: Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sables in 3 sizes: 4, 6, 8; and Princeton Neptune size 0 and 4.

Ink: Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic ink.

Drawing pencil: Blackwing Pearl or rotary-sharpened mechanical drafting pencil.

Colored pencil: Prismacolor, black.


My earrings are by the wonderful Jessie Avant Smith. She's on Etsy as GirlAndAnvil.


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Vesperisms: The Art of Thinking for Yourself is the podcast to help you make sense of your place in this crazy world by reclaiming an artistic worldview. Everything around us is trying to push us into boxes, but that's not how artists' minds work. Let's get off that detour and back on the main road to thinking for ourselves: as artists.


My newest book, A Cloud of Outrageous Blue, can be found at any bookseller—I recommend your local indie bookstore, who would love your support right now.


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Music for Vesperisms is provided by Ben + Vesper.