In the 1970’s, Patti Collette was designing sculptures as a hobby. In the 1980’s, she started gift manufacturing business making reproductions of her designs. Some pieces got damaged. Rather that throwing them away, she learned how to restore them so they looked as good as the originals.
Then, while renovating a piece of property she owned, Patti dropped a chisel in a bathroom sink and put a hole in it the size of her fist. Rather than replacing it, she treated the sink just like a piece of sculpture and repaired it with the same tender loving care. It turned out great.
There were no tell-tale signs of damage at all. After showing her sink restoration to a number of people, she found that there was a real need for this kind of practical application of art restoration technology. Patti turned her focus to interior restoration and developed techniques for repairing all kinds of interior surfaces so that they look as “Good As New”.