Paper Repair and Philosphy

How much can you add to an item to repair it, without it loosing its identity? The classical problem is formulated by using a ship as an example: Every now and then a plank would get replaced, and by and by at some point, every piece of wood will be different from when it first left the docks. – Is it still the original ship?

I am storing my bookbinding needles in a tin box, in its original paper sleeve. But first they pierced the bottom and threatened to slip out – so I taped the bottom – and now the top flap came loose and got replaced by this fabric tape, too. – How do you store your needles?

And while I am at it, here is a nice video of Peter Goodwin talking about paper repair. “And what was a 20 cent or 25 cent item will be at least 30 cents now.” I like the combination of wisdom and self irony he shows – I could listen to him all day long!

Ich habe heute (mal wieder) das Papiertütchen geflickt, in dem ich meine Nadeln immernoch aufbewahre, und an das klassische Problem der Identität von Objekten gedacht: Wenn man ein Objekt flickt oder anders repariert, wenn man etwas hinzufügt, austauscht oder wegschneided, verändert man es ja auch. Wie sehr kann man ein Objekt verändern, ohne dass es seine Identität verliert?

Und andererseits and dieses dieses Papierrestaurationsvideo von Peter Goodwin. Ich könnte ihm den ganzen Tag zuhören!

-Vielleicht sollte mir eher als die Philosophie die konkrete Frage wichtiger sein, wie ich meine Nadeln sicher aufbewahren will. Wie handhabt ihr das so? Nadelkissen? Döschen?

5 replies on “Paper Repair and Philosphy”

  1. I have an adorable felt pincushin for all my needles, because the felt is rather loose I am able to push the needles in. I think a fabric pincushin might pose a problem

    1. And how do you store the pincushion? I would imagine it is in the way all the time, and with the needles sticking out ribbons, threads and the like would tend to get stuck? But maybe placing some sort of pin cushion on the bottom of a tin would do the trick…
      And I have wondered about how good pushing the needle into the cushion would work. I see, so felt works well, that is good to know.

  2. B’cause I’m a messy man I luv my XXL-hard-plastic-all-sewing-box which contains all my needles (straight & curved, thick, thin, english, french, german), a smaller scissor, my bleeched threads (15, 25, 30, 40, 50) and beeswax. One grip — big success 😀

    1. that sounds really appealing: A sewing box. I didn’t know there were special boxes for us 🙂 My sister who is sewing a lot in her free time (with a machine, things like table cloths, cushions, quilts, bags, etc.) uses a toolbox from the hardware store for her sewing supplies. She always says she needs more space, and I thought that her box was too chunky for my needs. – I’ll keep a lookout for sewing boxes then! (Maybe next time I buy fabric in the quilt shop around the corner, I’ll find what I need.) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hilke, just to please you. Originally came this mysterious box with a collection of useless tools as a promo-gift. Only the box survived as my sewing böxle. 😀

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