Mending is a philosophy. And a measurement of value. If something must be mended, it means it has been used, thus is useful. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to look at much of what we own as being something disposable. We show no affection for what we have and quite easily throw things away when they become obsolete or broken. Or simply no longer interesting to us. And it seems as if we’ve transfered this attitude towards people and our society as well.
Reparation is a form of beauty.
Mended jumper and tom of holland
The Visible Mending Programme: making and re-making
Repairs at The Street of Gold
YOU MUST SEE THIS! Colourful Lamps Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles…In the Summer of 2011, industrial designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón travelled to Colombia, to be part of a project spearheaded by psychologist and activist Hélène Le Drogou, focusing on the plastic waste that is contaminating the Colombian Amazon and the reuse of discarded PET bottles. Combining local resources with ancient artisan textile techniques Alvaro transformed mass produced objects with a short and specific lifespan into one of a kind functional products.
It is also a tutorial as to how to make these fantastic lamps from PET bottles.
Tin Box Repair:I loved this repair on some doors in the South of France, and more of these later as it had many beautiful repairs.
Flattery… flattened objects
At Remarkable Repairs, We received over 60 entries from all over the world in our Most Remarkable Repair Contest. They are all listed here. Do find yourself inspired by these clever repairs and pick your favourite.
Sunday 30 August, during the last day of Platform21 = Repairing, we announced who made the most remarkable repair according to our jury.
REPAIR IS BEAUTIFUL began with the idea of solving frustration. A broken object delivers frustration because it doesn’t achieve its functionality, but the same principle applies to a broken system that caused the financial crisis, which has affected our lives since 2008.
Repaired wooden scoop via Mondays but, unfortunately, with no reference to its origin
Similar but not the same + Matthias Merkel Hess’ kintsugi
Martin Margiela’s broken porcelain-plate necklace
OOPS!…When I unpacked the bag of broken bits, only one plate had survived – my W H Auden poem plate – more of which later. But on seeing my pile of broken crocks the group became animated, they fell on the pieces re-arranging back into plates and all said they preferred them broken, because now I have proper mending to consider not just simulated, contrived and controlled versions.
Lego bricks used to repair crumbling walls
+ another Lego mended wall
Mended screen, This week’s post looks at things broken, repaired and/or mended and the beauty of such.
+ Mending socks…. Blah! +
P.S. Thanks to Laurie for this link: Mended Trash Bin!
P.P.S. To Mend
© Cynthia Korzekwa 2013