Loving the Imperfect
Perfection is something we strive for in design, making something look perfect is the goal of the game, are all of the proportions correct? Is the typography the perfect size with the perfect spacing? Is the color exactly like I want it? Yes, design is a profession full of OCD types all working hard to achieve perfection in so many ways. I have always used the computer to achieve my design outcomes, honing my computer skills and using my mouse as a pencil. Over the years, I was creating design that appeared to be "perfect" and hold my manufacturers to that standard, except I LOVE things that are imperfect. I find myself drawn to things that have evidence of the human hand crafting it, some little thing about it that shows that it was made by a person who loves what she or he is doing. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am on a quest to evolve my business, strip it down and be as real as I can be, to make things that I want to make and how I want to make them. When I began my new phase, my city inspired patterns, I knew I wanted to screen print them on fabric because I had a plan to sew them, creating my home line. Truthfully, I had never printed on fabric before and my previous screen printing experience is extremely limited, but I knew that I needed to just take my process one day at a time. I jumped in, as I tend to do, and just started printing. It started out kind of rough, and I am pretty sure that the guy printing in the studio with me thought I was completely insane, BUT what came out made me so happy. Much of what I was printing was not printing perfectly, but I didn't care, in fact I was thrilled with the imperfections that were happening. I felt that for the first time, I was making something real. I am now completely addicted to creating things that come from me. I am completely lost in the process, and am making things that can not be replicated pretty much ever. Each piece is a one of a kind object either art for your sofa (i.e. pillows) or art for your walls (no explanation needed), personal art (bags and such) and kitchen art (accessories for your kitchen and dining needs).