Inspiration: Allister Ann's Broken Mirror

060509-broken01.jpgRecently BethZ posted about ways to recycle a broken mirror. So, when we spotted this mirror on photographer Allister Ann's blog, we stopped to take a closer look...

The pieces from a common door mirror have been pieced together to create a mosaic that recalls the bland original and, yet, is more beautiful. It's a reminder to us that there is beauty in imperfection, in the used and worn. We love our favorite serving platter because of its cracks; it reminds us of the countless dinner parties where we've used it. At night, we reach for our favorite sweater, the one with holes in the elbows. At a moment when we're all trying to be cost and environmentally concious, perhaps it's time to stop a moment before tossing something out because it's not pristine. Swap it with a friend, rethink its use, find a creative way to mend it, make it into something new: paint a carpet, create an art gallery, a textural wall or a new way of looking at grandma's old teacups. Just because it's chipped, cracked or torn doesn't mean it has to be tossed. There is beauty in the old and worn.

image: Allister Ann]

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