Repair is Beautiful - Collection
Repaired Anglepoise -I like this Anglepoise for its quality and the connection it gives me to an enjoyable period of my life.  The plastic joint of the lamp broke and I improvised a temporary fix with insulation tape. I had already improvised a lost spring with one that didn’t allow the light to stay in the desired position. I disassembled the Anglepoise to locate the problem and explored possible solutions.  I had to replicate the up-and-down-circular movement of the joint and find a way to make the adjustability more stable because of the missing spring.
Repaired Anglepoise - The first repair attempt used a pulley system that substituted the plastic joint and a crank attached to the base for adjusting the light. One unintended consequence occurred that completely affected my plan. The lathe that I was using "went on strike", making the pulley system impossible. I then noticed I would need to expand the repair area around the joint due to the change in material from brass and steel to wood... and it end up like this.
Repaired Headphone - The plastic support around the ear split and I tried, unsuccessfully, to repair it with superglue and masking tape. The sound was still perfect, as the break was simply structural. The first challenge was reattaching the sound box to the neck support. I built a circular wooden frame on the sound box to replace the broken accoustic shell and generate a solid material to function as a base for connecting the sound box with the neck support. Again, unintended consequences changed the course of the design. The piece became too heavy to be supported by the ear, making it extremely uncomfortable.
Repaired Headphone detail - The solution came from observing a girl with a broken leg using crutches, so I decided to support the weight of the piece on the shoulder. Yet here the same need to expand the area of repair on the Anglepoise happened with the headphones and distancing the sound piece from the ear would affect its audio functionality. Instead, I built an extension for the sound to reach the ear, based on an old telephone design.
Repaired Director's Chair - I found the broken chair in a bin close to home, with the backrest canvas missing and part of the wood on one side cracked. The previous owner tried to fix it with nails, making the problem even worse. I had only fourteen days to repair it as the workshops at the university were going to close after that period.
Repaired Director's Chair - Together with a metal frame on the base of the chair, I introduced the idea of suspension bridges and mast rigging into the repair.  After many changes, the final solution was the construction of a foldable lateral steel structure attached to the base of the chair for transferring the tension of the cables back into the chair, thus holding things in place. The repair was designed to return all the functionality of the original chair, including the folding action.
Repaired Ipod - I bought this Ipod Shuffle on ebay for £5,00. The Previous owner damaged the aluminium case, probably by trying to open the back of it. Having received the Ipod, I removed the clip from the back, but in the process, the spring that makes the clip work got lost, so I built a new clip system and a new case using bones from spare ribs from left over of a meal.
The intention of using bones, as material to repair, was to create a strong visual contrast with this iconic piece of technology but at the same time to pay tribute to the hidden workmanship of processing raw material, inspired by the book “The Nature and Art of Workmanship”.  “Good material is a myth. Only worked material has quality, and pieces of worked material are made to show their quality by men, or put together so that together they show a quality that singly they had not.” David Pye
Repaired Ipod and Headphone being tested.

REPAIR IS BEAUTIFUL began with the idea of solving frustration. A broken object delivers frustration because it doesn’t achieve its functionality, but the same principle applies to a broken system that caused the financial crisis, which has affected our lives since 2008. In a time of uncertainty, taking things into our own hands and having the feeling of control back can be very therapeutic. Repair is Beautiful aims to give back this feeling of control – by scaling down a major society problem to a human size and projecting frustration upon broken objects that can be repaired through design and craftsmanship. The final outcome is a collection of intriguingly repaired objects imbued with new meaning and functionality. The once rejected objects reflect the environment that created them and call us to question our society as a whole.