A while back I had a little mishap with my iPad resulting in a crack running horizontally across the screen. Initially hairline, it has enhanced itself over time to the point where it is now a prismatic annoyance when reading documents or watching video.
In a recent thread on Twitter, Paul Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) spoke about the techniques used to repair torn and damaged parchments (often made of treated animal skins) back around the 13th Century.
Here are a few pictures he posted of repaired documents.
I think you will agree they are pretty cool.
You can check his thread for even more examples and a fascinating history.
They bring to mind the Japanese art of Kintsugi where cracked and broken ceramics were repaired with a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.
The name of the technique is derived from the words “Kin” (golden) and “tsugi” (joinery), which translate to mean “golden repair.”
The final object was considered a work of art far more valuable than the original.
Im not too sure how my cracked iPad screen would respond to attempts at artistic repairing with silk embroidery OR gold tree sap lacquer.
I am certain that any attempts to do so would probably NOT improve the worth or appeal of the device, and would definitely void the warranty.
Come to think of it that pretty much sums up the whole problem with our baked-in obsolescence digital technology, right there.