• Kit Irwin

Copper bottle-opener necklace

At the flea market, I saw this and thought that chunky necklace would look good with a plain top. The dealer asked if I was interested in the bottle opener.

We both saw value in the copper piece, just the usage would be different. Now I have the added benefit that someday I may be able to save a party by opening beer bottles with my necklace.

Can you tell what the image is?

At flea markets, I often hope to see an item at a table filled with tools, sports memorabilia, or weapons, in which the dealer would never see its potential as art or for jewelry. A "trinket" that he would undervalue and I could repurpose.

Is there something you are overlooking because you only see a single purpose for it? Treasures surrounds us waiting to be found.

According to eBay sellers, the image is Poseidon riding dolphins. My husband thinks they look more like squids, and he is a fisherman.

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  • Kit Irwin

Photo of Mark Braccos's Accidental Art.

My husband told me he had created "accidental art," and showed me a paintbrush that had gotten stuck in resin. Its gravity defying position did inspire awe.

I loved the idea of accidental art, where you are aware and open enough to notice when a mistake has created value.

When I told my husband I was going to blog about this, he brought out more pieces of his accidental art. He had a collection of it.

When I went to photograph the art, I realized they needed placards to take them to the next level. With the series name of "Stuck," the art started to work on a metaphorical level. The placards made me realize how packaging and presentation can add to the value of a product.

Close up photo of the placards

Are you overlooking the value of what a mistake created?

Can you package yourself or your product so that it commands more respect?

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