Traces of Touch

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Many times people finds patina in old objects very beautiful and inspiring. It tells something of the history of the object and how it has been used. For example a scratch on a watch face from when your grandfather used it growing up is not something you would like to fix since it tells the story about how he used it while ploughing the fields and is a memory from that. Take that into the contrast of a scratch on a phone screen. This people goes long way to both avoid and to repair. Something about keeping it pristine and undestroyed. Just like it hasn’t been used at all and is brand new.  Why is it that we are afraid of showing use of our objects and at the same time enjoy using them so much? Why do we keep an table from 1950 but not an computer from 1995? Are we so focused on the technology inside being obsolete that we cant see the beauty of its exterior and what stories it tells us?
“Patina is everything that happens to an object over the course of time. The nick in the leg of a table, a scratch on a table top, the loss of moisture in the paint, the crackling of a finish or a glaze in ceramics, the gentle wear patterns on the edge of a plate. All these things add up to create a softer look, subtle color changes, a character. Patina is built from all the effects, natural and man-made, that create a true antique.”

—Israel Sack, [3] Wikipedia

Worn down keys at Bruce Steerlings keyboard.

Notes on a music sheet

Traces of people walking dogs?


Written by sjunnesson

April 28, 2010 at 15:04

Posted in Inspiration

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