|One side of Peter’s painted locker
(The figure is based on a Pre-Raphaelite
If you have read my profile and the blurb at the top of my blog you will see that I have said that I do not strive for perfection. My partner, Peter, has taken issue with me on several occasions about this statement. His argument is that one should always strive for perfection. I realised this morning that our disagreement arises because I have not properly explained what I mean.
|Anemones – original watercolour by Christina|
Peter and his mother are amazingly skilful artists. Their fine motor skills have to be seen to be believed – it’s a bit scary though, especially to me as mine are poor. They each have an innate ability to be beautifully neat and accurate in every detail, as can be seen in their respective works.
|Portrait of Jessica – original oilpainting by Peter|
Christina used to do patchwork and quilting, as well as designing and making wedding dresses. Her stitching is exquisite, her attention to detail second to none.
Then there is me. My fine motor skills are not very ‘fine’. I can sometimes be quite ham-fisted, and it shows in my work. That said, I do like to produce good work. However, I have no wish to produce items that look absolutely perfect. I like the fact that my work has stitches that vary in quality and other slight imperfections. I believe those imperfections are what add character to my work. You can see that it has been made by a person, not a machine.
We have a handmade Iranian rug on our living room floor. There are quite a few places where the pattern is not symmetrical but, for me, that adds to its beauty and appeal. Perhaps I have honed my tastes to suit my ability, so that I can accept what I have made. I cannot say, I simply don’t know, but the fact remains that I like quirkiness in some things.
So, when I say that I don’t aim for perfection, what I actually mean is that my aim is not to produce something that looks so perfect that it looks as though it was created by machine but, rather, to produce good work that shows the character of being handmade.
|Peter’s Exquisite Painted Locker with figures derived
from Pre-Raphaelite paintings