The ability and even the desire to repair and fix our own stuff is becoming increasingly rare. This fact saddens us. Repair is at the very core of self sufficiency. While it is important for the individual, it is crucial for communities. Cheap labor and manufacturing costs have paved the way for a culture of replacement rather than repairment (not sure if that is a real word, but I like it and think it should be). We have written about the value of repair before (here) and will probably write about it again, but today we have something special; a glimmer of inspiration and beauty.
We found this video this week about Paolo Goldstein. He is a Brazilian artist/craftmans/designer working out of London. He has worked as a sculptor and illustrator and has now turned his attention to repair. His work is not “the get it done and make it functional” sort of repair. His work elevates and accentuates the opportunity of repair to an art. We have also written about the beauty of wabi sabi in repair (here and here), but Paolo’s work is the exact opposite. There is an elaboration and extravagance that showcases not only the skill involved in repair but the creative opportunity. His exploration, both visual and conceptual, in the midst of the repair is what distinguishes the work. A very intriguing path.
Check out his website here and enjoy the video below.
There are lots of great videos of his process on his site too.