Avid readers of my blog know that I run The Visible Mending Programme. On the whole I visibly mend clothes, but in recent weeks I have started to notice examples of Visible Mending in my surroundings. In my office, on the street, in shop windows, on shop floors, I see Visible Mending everywhere! The following examples of Visible Mending are particular favourites:
The Disused Airconditioning Unit Outlet:
Before we had our offices redecorated, one of the rooms was crowded with computers and servers and it was always very hot. So we used a mobile airconditioning unit and the big plastic hose was pushed through a hole made in the window pane for this very purpose. Once the redecoration was finished and the room had proper airconditioning, this was the Maintenance Department’s solution to close the hole in the window. The overlapping pieces of tape look like a star and I like how the light comes through the different layers, getting more opaque the more layers there are.
The Pub Built Around a Wall:
This pub in Brighton has seen most of its walls replastered, repainted, redone everything. But not the back. The contrast between the bricks and the smooth, painted walls works really well together.
The Shop Floor:
The shop floor of Laste, Brighton finest shoe shop, had some pesky floorboards. Alex (for whom I Visibly Mended a cardigan), did some Visible Mending of her own, with brass plates and nails. I particularly like the one right at the entrance. Trodden by many feet, it has acquired a great patina, but what is even better, slowly emerging is evidence of an earlier Visible Mend!
Many pavements are Visibly Mended. This particularly fine example, as found on the way to work, not only shows a tarmac insert in the shape of the letter T, but also some pavement slabs made from a different stone than the original one.
The Accidental Stained Glass Window:
The other day I visited that most magnificent example of Arts & Crafts architecture, the Tudor revivalist department store, Liberty’s. The windows in the stairwell are constructed as stained glass, but with the strips of lead holding clear panes of glass. However, one of the panes got smashed and it got fixed with a small mosaique of glass pieces. One of them happens to have a grape vine painted on it, turning this window into an accidental stained glass one!