Light Reading Repair!

January 22, 2014

(source: Chapman’s Orthopaedic Surgery 3rd Edition & Kintsugi repair kit)

In 2010, the Dutch initiative Platform 21 published the so-called "Repair Manifesto", beginning with the slogan, "Stop Recycling. Start Repairing." It proposed a counter-model to today’s throwaway society, which is quicker to discard and buy new than to mend and keep. Designers, theorists and everyday consumers have since increasingly explored the new culture of repairing – it is no longer seen as a second-best emergency solution, but as a valid cultural and economic practice.

The experimental exhibition Repair! is the outcome of a performance forming part of Basel Museums Night, during which visitors can bring objects to the museum and repair them with the help of professionals. (VDM)

For Black Friday 2013, Patagonia ritualized the idea of repairing by offering professional fixing in their stores to visitors for mending Patagonia outerwear. Part of the campaign is a partnership with iFixit, which produces free repair manuals and is publishing repair guides for Patagonia clothing. Patagonia is also selling an “Expedition Sewing Kit” for $30 that comes with all a person needs to repair and revamp their Patagonia clothing, including needles, thread and materials.

Here at RBW we're committed to the idea of fixing our most used items in the studio, lending them character and battle scars, and we've recently discovered a few cool fixatives to repair the stuff we love. Check them out!

Sugru is a self-setting rubber that forms like play dough and sets in 30 minutes to just about anything, mending broken glasses or adding finger grips to a wrench.

Techform Premium Cast Tape is an adaptive orthopedic splinting application that hardens like steel around almost anything.