Yes, I like to fix things. My heart bleeds when I have to throw things away which are actually too good to be "ended" this way. I even have a little box where I collect stuff I want to repair... Then I sit down and start my work with diligence and patience - fortunately often ending it with a little happy dance while releasing the tension with a sigh of relieve.
Maybe it's because I grew up where you couldn't just reby stuff and it was worthwile to preserve the fragments. When it was a blessing to have the ability to get things to work again. Proudly I think of my dad who would breathe new life into broken electrical and mechanical appliences, important or just 'nice' things, small and big things a thousand times. Those things not always regained their original function but were converted creatively into something new and practical as needed.
I'm not saying I'm not in shock when the tablet crashes on the floor or a chain tears into pieces. However, I know (after taking a deep breath and counting to 10) that this is not the end of the world and most of the time it's not as bad as it initially seems.
Fast forward to the year 2016:
On my desk I have fragments of broken collector's cups and pieces of a sacred family set which fell victim to a hard floor or didn't survive a move. No, I don't fix these things. I transform them and give them a new live, a different meaning. A plate which is scattered into countless pieces will never be a plate again. However! A piece of jewelry! And not just one. But a number of different kinds of jewelry. Pendants, earrings, bracelets... One each for the mother, the sister, the cousin, the granddaughter. And of course one for the client herself. And they are all connected by what was once a single piece of the family inheritance. The plate is not lost. It has found it's new purpose and carries the memories of the family in a special way.
Yes, I like to fix things. Yet, what I like even more, is to create treasures of value that are beyond their material worth.
So I'm here for you if you need my help! Even willingly and on purpose scattered porcelain (after a 'Polterabend') can find it's way into unique and very special jewelry.