Monday, 11 April 2016

I is for Instructions

A to Z Blogging Challenge


I AM very good at following instructions. I don't mean I like being told what to do - not those kind of instructions - but written instructions that come with, for example, flat-pack furniture or new household appliances.

Orders like "fit sprocket A into the B side's lateral bucket using the flange widget provided" hold no fears for me. Obviously, come the end of the procedure I still have the odd nut, bolt and plank left over. Who doesn't?

The dearly beloved, however, pooh-poohs instructions. I have never known him do more than give them a cursory glance. Annoyingly, he rarely has a nut, bolt and plank left over. But I need the reassurance of those leaflets with their funny little drawings and illiterate sentences. He relies on 40 years of being a cabinet-maker.

He's annoyingly good with electrical things too. My washing-machine gets stuck mid-cycle occasionally. I'd love a new one but along he comes with his spanner and it's working again in two minutes flat. So while other people have a state-of-the-art appliance that does everything except the ironing, my old Hotpoint is still chugging away in the corner.

Even so, I am better with new technology than he is. After years of working with a whizz IT guy (called Guy, actually) and watching him at work, I can get routers and software up and running. I can occasionally fix IT problems.  I am considered the computer expert in my family although this, to be honest, is not an indication of my expertise but more of how bloody useless the rest of them are (that's me cut out of several wills).

Art work by Kenyon Yeh.

Still, you don't need to be an expert at following orders. Designer Kenyon Yeh threw away instructions for some IKEA flat pack furniture and assembled them into works of art. I use the term "works of art" loosely as you can see from the picture above but I make no pretence of being an art expert. His website says he "seeks to create personal identity from ubiquitous uniformity," which I kind of understand.

However, this quote made no sense to me at all: "The process is liberating and brings a limitless attitude of possibility creating unique furniture instead of doing such a thing that made by forces."

I probably got the wrong end of the stick - which is not advisable when assembling a flat pack wardrobe.

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4 comments:

Kathleen Valentine said...

I am very terrible at following instructions. I am so in awe of people who can read them through and then go to work. I have to go step by step and even then I blow it half the time.

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Tami Von Zalez said...

The art guy Yeh may be good at furniture un-assembly but his writing skills could use some improvement. That quote makes no sense to me either.

Darla M Sands said...

I don't get that man's quote, either. ~scratches head~ But you gave me a much appreciated chuckle when saying you've gotten cut out of several wills. I enjoyed Carlton's post, too, by the way. Too funny.
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Liz Clough said...

I always have leftover bits when I put together flat pack furniture. I always assume they aren't integral, but I've developed such a phobia of it falling apart that I only get second hand stuff from the charity shops now.