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Oct 29, 2014

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Andrew Baseman. An avid collector, Baseman has built one of the premier collections of "make-do's". These unique objects feature inventive repairs such as stapling, metal wrapping, and rattan weaving that were used to return them to functional service. Baseman photographs and writes about the unique history of each object and their repairs on his blog Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair. In the interview we talk about the history of inventive repair, how context changes the value of an object, and the role decorative objects play in the entertainment world. Please visit for more information on Past Imperfect.


When not collecting antiques Andrew is an interior designer specializing in set decoration for television and movies. He is currently the set decorator for the show Gotham playing on the Fox Network. In more than a few scenes he has staged ceramic pieces in Wayne Manor, the home of Bruce Wayne, the future Batman. Click here to see a clip of ceramics on the set of Gotham.