I'm watching a documentary called Bill Cunningham New York while I draw an anime version of a friend's wedding photo. It's a fun combination that got me thinking a lot about art. We all know we live in a digital age. You have likely taken at least one photo with your smart phone and applied a filter to it before posting it on the internet. I've done it...not today, but most days. Our era will certainly be well documented...at least the good parts. If language is lost in 500 years, our photos will tell some story because there are so many. I am grateful to have so many photos of my little boy who is changing so quickly; I will have photos of those chunky thigh rolls, wrist rolls and his ridiculous faces for my life time and his and beyond. BUT.
BUT BUT BUT. There is so much being lost in our digital world. There is this show I watch as a guilty pleasure that isn't deep or good (*ahem* Vampire Diaries *ahem*), but it did have something that stayed with me "before there was written word, people had memories." We're also forgetting that it is okay to have imperfection. Pen is not a forgiving medium. I can scrape off the top layer of paper where the ink sits, but not often. I have to hide mistakes with thicker lines. I have to let go of perfection. It's the opposite of graphic design where clients want everything completely perfect.
Handmade is rich. There is not one identical reproduction. It's one of a kind.
We confuse well-made with perfection. I have an Ikea table that looks perfect; it's white table top has no flaw, but it won't last through generations. On the other hand, my dad makes furniture, and when he makes something, it won't fall apart. I'm sure there are little dings in the wood, or something might be 1/32" off, but it's beautiful and one of a kind. We except this in furniture, but not in art.
Everyone has become a photographer. Anyone with an "eye" can take a photo. But that doesn't a true photographer make. I know a man who grew up taking photos and developing them in a dark room. He doesn't do a lot of photo editing, because the photos he takes are already well lit. I know a girl who uses an old film camera with some holes in it; her photos come out with the most beautiful light flares...no filters added afterwards.
YOU. You are a handmade piece, unlike anyone else on the earth. But you see these magazine covers and models and think if only you had their figure, or their eye color. Perfection is boring. Let make life more interesting and cherish our differences. Stay healthy, take care of yourself, and be beautiful (or handsome).
Sorry I rambled. I love handmade art. Etsy is great for bringing handmade to the internet!