We don't plan on working with rust. It builds up, slowly in small streaks, until suddenly it seems to overwhelm an object. Rust disguises potential. Removing rust is not easy. It takes time, patience, and effort. And some of the marks left from rust add patina. While damaging, rust adds character. We started with an industrial cart, thick with rust. It was heavy and sturdy. Beneath the imperfections we saw the possibility of beauty. We scrubbed, sanded, and wiped. The rust added character to the metal underneath. It gave the cart a signature look. Without that layer of rust we never would have been able to unveil the beauty beneath. The damage was the designer.
April 5, 2006