What’s nice about old things is… they’re old. They’ve lasted. They were made to last. The materials used and the techniques that have seemingly fallen by the wayside were what made things great. In this day and age of, it’s broken—throw it out mentality, we’ve begun to accept these trinkets of plastic that last as long as their battery life, and forgotten what it means to own something of worth. Something that means something.
The beauty of repurposing is you get to take the old and find its magnificence (sometimes easier said than done) and bring it to life again. It’s not simply taking something old and making it new, but making anew. It’s a resurrection through reusing.
You can take rusty metal, warped wood, or an old door and sand away the years it has been forgotten, get under the superficial of the aged surface and accept its imperfections while perfecting them by highlighting everything it has weathered. It is almost an appreciation of time. You get to see what it has done and work with it. Time and nature come together to give you something that has only gotten better with age and you get to make it even greater. It’s almost like a gift. A rusty warped gift of potential.
Not only are you creating pieces of art, you are making the world a better place (not because you’re art is making the world a better place—relax). Because you are reusing something that was once seen as garbage. You are recycling and repurposing. A desk made of old fence posts. Stairs made of old railway beams. Rusted forgotten metal to make desks, tables, or lamps. The possibilities are endless and when it is done well, it illuminates the fact that things don’t necessarily have to be thrown away. Things of old aren’t garbage—they are a project in the making.
They are your next art piece.