Object Therapy

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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A few months ago, I was invited to be part of Object Therapy, a research project to help us rethink our consumption patterns and re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Guy Keulemans of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Niklavs Rubenis of the Australian National University (ANU); the project is an investigation into the culture of ‘transformative’ repair as practiced by local, interstate and international artists and designers.

The exhibition featured 30 broken or damaged objects (including one human!) that have undergone therapy – treated and ‘creatively’ repaired by a designer or artist.

Here are some process shots from my repair. ( I did two!) The first was a broken glass ring belonging to Skye. She purchased the ring while living in London back in 2010. She accidently chipped the ring one day. Although there was not monetary value to the ring, she could not bring herself to throw it away.  I repaired the ring by creating a tension set sleeve in silver to bridge the gap and to protect the ring from further damage.

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The second repair was a broken knitting needle belonging to Elizabeth. She was given the set of needles by her late grandmother when she was 6 years old who taught her how to knit. She had been using them for the past 35 years until one day, she accidently snapped it. A collaboration with Guy Keulemans, we encasing the broken needle inside a clear resin. Now Elizabeth is able to carry her memories and connection to her grandmother in a form of a wearable bracelet. img_1980img_1983knitting-needles-in-progressknitting-needle-braceletelizabeth

Last image by Lee Grant.

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