Is it OK to be unpolished?

Here’s a post for the unpolished. Not everyone follows the mainstream norm. Unpolished means contrast, colour and friction.

If you ask me, it is OK to be unpolished. And you, what do you think?

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21 thoughts on “Is it OK to be unpolished?

  1. Wonderful and never to be repeated in its exactness patterns of colour and texture. I like to try to play with colour like this, only to be told. ‘bling it up, make it look as shiny as possible’. Nice to have a photographic record to enjoy for prosperity. Old steel and associated materials used in machine shops, back when granny was a boy, present some wonderful hues also.

    • Yes, there is something special with what time does to certain materials. When I first unwrapped them after years in storage, I thought “oh, I’ve never seen anything so unpolished”, but then started to look at them differently.
      The old steel objects you mention sound wonderful! Reminds me how my mother kept reminding me never EVER to polish the old copper things she bought in antique shops – they were meant to be oxidised, not shiny. In your own work, just follow your own voice, don’t bling things up if that’s not what you want!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Hello, long time no see! (I’ve been naughty and neglected the blogosphere for a while). Hope you’ve been keeping well.
    I definitely prefer unpolished to polished. (and this for much more than just metals / materials!). polished is so uniform, that it looks a little bland after a while. Unpolished gives variety and texture and personality. As you say it gives contrast.

    • I’m fine, hope you are too, it’s good to see you back here again. Perhaps I’ll never polish this cutlery again, because – you said it well – it now has some personality!

    • Oh rust, I love rust! And with “unpolished”, I was also thinking a lot about people, actually. The sparkle of the unpolished in a crowd, the less predictable (or simply the patina of age?).

    • The thing is, I don’t think I can ever tell if/when I’m being perceived as “unpolished”. That’s the thing, it all depends on the context, the “others” or how others perceive you, doesn’t it? I don’t like feeling like I’m the “odd” person, but on the other hand, I myself appreciate “odd” people, so why should I mind if I’m (perceived as) different too, in certain contexts?
      Not sure this answers your question. Your question points to the core: “being” vs “being perceived as”. Gives a more philosophical tint to my otherwise regular Thursday morning! πŸ˜‰
      As always, thanks for you input here!

      • I was just thinking of you this morning. =) Very good distinction, the being vs being perceived as. The perception (which can be how we perceive we’re being perceived!) is what often makes relationships messy or robs us of peace.

  3. I have never been polished. One, because we weren’t a “polished” family and two, I’m just not that kind of person. And that’s ok. I’m finally embracing it; it’s much easier.

    • It sounds nice to grow up in a family that is not “polished”, I think it’s something to strive for! Am still struggling to “unpolish” myself in certain situations (am slowly getting better at it, I think). Thanks for sharing your “unpolished spirit”, much appreciated!

    • I didn’t quite think of it like that before, but you are right, of course it’s nature just doing “her thing”, as always. Thanks for popping by and adding this view, I like it very much!

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