Inspired by an Ernest Hemmingway quote, Kin is a project which blends together the Japanese art of Kintsugi and the word ‘kin’ – meaning family. Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi) is the art of mending broken pottery using a gold lacquer. It shows that a break is part of the history and not something to hide; instead, we should celebrate it. This project is to portray that we are not broken, but whole, beautiful, and one.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemmingway.
Maya is from Belgium but lives in London, pursuing a career in modelling. She recently reconnected with her mother, something she is able to see as a positive aspect of her mother’s illness.
Gemma is from Cambridge and was born with birthmarks covering a large amount of her body. She underwent multiple operations before the age of two, leaving her with scarring across her back and face. She is now body positive and is confident with showing her birthmarks at the beach and in public.
Beatrix is from California and is in London studying Politics. She has a rare condition, often not diagnosed, called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which gives her the ability of extreme flexibility and hyper-mobility. She was trained in dance and has worked as a contortionist, something she many not be able to do if it were not for her condition. Although her condition can leave her with extreme fatigue or with dislocations, Beatrix has found ways to manage her time and conserve her energy in order to continue her studies and work.
Kathleen is half-French and has lived in India, China, South Africa, Dubai but is currently living in London, along with her family. Kathleen has Down’s Syndrome, which means she has one more chromosome than is typical. Kathleen is working as a model and activist – she was in Elle List 2019 and spoken at the UN, as well as walking in fashion week shows. She enjoys singing and dancing, spending time with her family, and can speak both English and French.