I mean okay, perfection is inherently balanced and properly proportioned and does not need improving so yes perfection most likely is "pretty". But all that balanced perfection tends to become boring I think because you have an expectation of what comes next. There are no elements of surprise, unexpected quirks, or memorable idiosyncracies. I am saying this because I think I need to qualify why I have decided to start this blog, a possible new career, and this next phase of my life. I have no idea what I'm doing (well, I'm not totally without talent...) and I know that means there will be many hiccups along the way. I am old enough to realize I can"t know everything and there may never be a perfect time to start a new venture but I am also old enough to realize that there is no time to waste. So, qualifications to start this design business? Well I love designing. It's all think about. No, I have not gone to fashion design school. Have you written anything before? Umm, no but I do always have something to say. Can you communicate your design ideas through sketching? I think I've done a darn good job honing my figure drawing skills to where appendages are discernible and fairly proportionate. So that's an improvement! Sewing skills? Anything I haven't learned on my little machine I am confident I can figure out (with a little help from the internet) See, I am not trying to do things perfectly I just want to do it already! So bring on the messy and the ugly and I will make perfection from all the disjointed parts that are me.
Sketching is NOT something that I am good at but I have been practicing and am trying to find my personal style. I'm getting there. It is like everything else I do: a work in progress.
This lack of "perfection" is also prevalent in my designs. From the beginning I have always gravitated towards asymmetry and rough edges. A balanced design to me means the juxtaposition of unfinished fabric edges with clean lines, embellishments balanced by a bare expanse, or offsetting different fabric weights and colors.
This really has been years in the making. Each design and every year has created the foundation for what I want to do now. I would really rather be sitting at my machine than at this keyboard but I have found that by writing down my thoughts and ideas and then editing them I focus my creativity and stay on track as I tend to shoot off into many different directions. If I am going to make this work discipline and sticktoittiveness will be the key, not perfection. I don't even know what that is! My designs never seem to be finished as there is always room for tweaking. Deadlines seem to be the only thing that finishes my projects. This is my art and as an artist I reserve the right to add crazy, quirky, imperfect to this world.
Putting it all out there,
5 foot 5' 3/4" (although I am now probably 5'5")