Totally; I’m all for reuse, repair, recycle. A lot of my work features materials I’ve found, be it old farm machinery, repurposing the steel when laminating and creating Damascus steel (welded and folded and welded and folded - creates a wood grain type pattern in the steel), wind felled trees or prunings from our ancient orchard at home, native hardwood off cuts from wind felled trees in the furniture I make or plastics and metals found washed up on the beaches.
I started working with salvaged and reclaimed materials before Instagram and Pinterest had arrived as that was the cheapest materials available and no one had money to spend... I find it funny that so much of this stuff is now mainstream. Hopefully it’s not just a passing trend and the actual thought behind it all stays with people - we are living in a complex age and the frustrations of a disposable society drive me crazy. We need to be more aware of our place in the world, of the consequences of our choices and actions - buying an Ikea bedroom set in a different colour scheme each year as trends come and go is just not an option.
I now work with my hands to make heirloom pieces, grow vegetables and cook good food that makes people happy. I’m pretty lucky - if part of that means wearing a jacket through all its ages and giving it the longest and most productive life possible, then so be it. Fortunately Finisterre very kindly sent a new jacket now, so at least I can look a little smart with potential clients!