Saturday, July 16, 2016

"Anything in existence,

having somehow come about, is continually interpreted anew, requisitioned anew, transformed and redirected to a new purpose."
~Friedrich Nietzsche

That opening quote is from a 19th century philosopher, and now in the 21st century we have reuse, repurpose, recycle.   We do simplify our philosophical ideas...tweets, emojis, Instagram...but those 3 R's are ones that I use in selecting unique items for my shop.

Flea markets are hit or miss unless you are at the brand name ones...Brimfield...Renninger's...Rose Bowl...but I was lucky to find some fun garden accent pieces this past week and made locally...welded from flatware, nuts, and bolts, and odds and ends pieces metal...bugs repurposed...







I know Pinterest has all kinds of ideas for doing reworking...repurposing...recycling...and that is great for restoring interest in older things.  Even glass is making a comeback.  A local glass factory...Durand...        although now French owned...is adding 100 people to their work force to make glass products...get rid of the plastic!

I have a friend who deals in faux finishing, and she not only paints an old piece of furniture but also can turn it into a work of art...her business, The Faux Chateau at Capt Scraps in Woodbine, NJ, will be Juliana's new business site.  Here are two pieces she has transformed.

She is a trained artist, and I keep reminding you that Americans are great and can do great things if we recognize each other's talents and not think is cheap is better.

Speaking of a transformation that is priced reasonably...only $450...check out this wonderful teak coffee table made out of a old ship's hatch with brass nozzles for the legs...also from an old ship.  It is available at Capt. Scraps Attic up the road from me.  Tim Erwin is the creative spirit behind this and some other creations there.  Again, Tim is a local, and he is creating in his workshop.
Again...American labor...not made in a Chinese factory! 

Or, someone who sees pallets...
 and creates...hold a bottle of wine or a serving plate...or even plants...
Then I do have some products that use fair trade...Mona B bags have an interesting tale...old tarps and canvas get reborn as bags and totes.  Again...not dollar store prices, but the concept is so earth-friendly and creative.

People who create with their hands and are not busy with Pok√©mon are the true gems in our America.  Drawer bottoms converted into mini chalk boards and necklaces created with bits and pieces...
Consider when you see something that someone has reused...repurposed...recycled...even given a fresh coat of paint...that person had a vision and, as Nietzsche wrote, "redirected to a new purpose."  And, do not expect them to work for pennies...maybe you have seen the Pinterest flops...you know it is not all that easy to copy the creative artistic minds.


“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” 
 ~Pablo Picasso 

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