Posted by: emily
on Jun 17, 2011
This is a phrase I often use when I am teaching kids or adults basketry. I want to make a point here. I want to encourage imperfection, individuality, purity, authenticity, experimentation, ease, freedom in creating. I do it in my own art. I see it in others' art.
We are not machines! Workmanship is only a human talent. Making "mistakes" is a human trait. Unique to us are our hand-made creations. Variations, blemishes, flaws become our personal expression. This is more than acceptable, it is desirable. Grace and artistry come out of our efforts, when we let go of trying to achieve perfection. This allows for an easier process and a more satisfying end result.
So, when looking at a piece of artwork, it is important to be able to see its original, exceptional uniqueness... the artist's hand.