Limitations define the process of making something. Materials can only be cut up so many times until they become dust and there are only so many tools available. Materials change as they are used, losing pieces or getting worn out.

As things degrade and spill, these mistakes can always be cut out or covered up. However, there’s a choice between destroying and finding value in a unique aspect of whatever happened. Something experienced as a limitation becomes an inspiration rather than a deterrent.

What around you is unused? What is undesirable and can be torn apart into more interesting pieces? Scraps of wood or ink spills hold the value of being something you wouldn’t intentionally create.

Trying not to hold tightly onto a preconceived notion of what is expected of your materials can be a useful tool.