Any one who knows me will know my passion for using what already exists, the second-hand, the unwanted. I love receiving ‘cast-offs’ and I love something I call ‘honest’ interiors (found one yesterday, in a shop, the walls had been stripped back to the brick work. Every alteration made over time there for all to see It gave the place soul).
Anyone can go to a designer/architect with an open cheque book and ‘get the look’
It takes a bit of imagination to make something out of what you have got (An inherited home, the home you have, or all you can rent). Your home/clothing/possessions should say something about you, give a hint to others about your character.
Above all it should be loved by you.
I repair and re-make because I value objects, appreciating the work that has gone into each piece, the effort needed to extract the materials, the skill and time of the maker. So if I have an item of clothing (that makes me look good on, that fits like a glove) or an item of furniture (I love the shape or style, or it has a sentimental meaning) I want to keep it around me forever!
There are two ways you can repair/restore something. The first is to replace seamlessly. The second is to not hide it but celebrate it!
I had a lovely conversation at lunchtime on twitter with others as passionate as I, on this very subject. Their web site is informative and useful and I have bookmarked it!
Why not try mending for your self! If you don’t feel confident take a look on YouTube or pinterest and practice on something old