I've been deep in thought lately about what I do. What we in this community of junque do.
I've had a fair bit of time to do this what with sick kids who aren't sleeping, two plus hour dental appointments (where sadly I failed to fall asleep during the laughing gas and thus consciously endured the drilling, drilling, drilling...), numerous planning thoughts running through my mind, etc.
I think I nailed it the other day as I set up a quick photo shoot:
Things were looking flat and I grabbed this postal scale off the mantel for some height.
"Elevate the ordinary".
Isn't that what we are doing? Highlighting the humble. Respecting the cast offs. Call it recycling, upcycling, reuse.
Whatever you call it aren't we just looking at something and finding the beauty? Finding a way to showcase it. Pare it down to its essential "goodness".
I've read that everything looks better under a cloche. I suppose that is because the glass is almost a magnifier so we can focus in on the beauty.
The beauty of cheesy glass hurricanes turned upside down and made into cloches. Or counter laminate samples made into stamped chalk tags.
We junkers are all about seeing past the ugly to the good bones inside. Then we twist, shape and manipulate as necessary to make those bones shine through. In the process we put a bit of ourselves in there and that is uniquely beautiful.
Just a little pondering as I continue learning to "fly".