A creative way to repair my iPad screen?

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.

Ian Miller

One thought on “A creative way to repair my iPad screen?

  1. What a wonderful post and an interesting intersection of lives.

    To keep my brain active in lockdown, I’ve been learning about a disciple called textual criticism (Dr Daniel Wallace) and trying to learn ancient Greek (amateur only!). Anyway, what you’ve posted appear to be later (post 500AD?) Latin minuscule codex documents made in vellum. Vellum was known to tear during its creation process — and afterwards.

    The documents I’ve been seen online are majuscule (upper case) Greek, such as Codex Sinaiticus – which is difficult to read, but I managed to get through the first line of John 1. You can see it online at https://codexsinaiticus.org.

    If you look at the middle photo, you’ll see little marks in the column. These marks are made by the scribe (or the scribe overseer), and usually denote corrections or where the scribe may not be certain of the text.

    Stitching the page together. Feels like an allegory to life. Like kintsugi, sometimes when one is broken and repaired, a more beautiful picture emerges.

    Still, very ingenious method of fixing vellum I hadn’t seen. Made my day. Thank you.

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