Wednesday, February 4, 2015
in progress quilts. It is amazing how many - a majority - of the posters preface their message with disclaimers of imperfection. I cringe when I read "I know this isn't perfect but..." or "try not to look at the mistakes" when sharing a picture of one of their creations. I am guilty of this as well. When I think of where we are, the tools we now have in terms of quilt designs such as rotary cutters and computer-aided design in comparison to the cardboard templates, pencils and scissors, I've no doubt where this need for perfection comes. Which is sad because a person's creation is a work of perfection in itself. I saw something on TV that showed a new technology that allows a person to draw on paper and have that design appear on a computer screen which allows the design to be manipulated in such a way that it is perfect. That would be awesome for me considering every attempt i make to draw a person more resembles a chicken. And that is not an exaggeration. Let's face it - not everyone is the same type of artist. If my chicken-people could be computer-adjusted to look like a human, then that unique part of my "style" is gone. My art is no longer my own - it is just another computer generated design that can be copied by hundreds of other quilters.
I make mistakes. I piece things together wrong and don't notice until the whole thing is quilted. But that is the beauty and the uniqueness of my quilts. For the sake of art, I hope that in the pursuit of perfection - we don't lose our art.