Perfection is born from the process of making marks and the physical arrangement of lines. In their perfect form, marks and lines are clean; they are meant to convey messages easily and to act as the perfect interpreters. Creating the perfect line or arrangement is an obsessive process of reproduction and repetition. Perfection in its many forms does not exist without a degree of failure.

Handwritten or threaded lines filling a surface are innately imperfect. Their nuances in line length, width and spacing mimic flaws created by the human hand. The imperfections are fingerprints of the creator and through an exhausting process; they may or may not be straightened or repaired. A handmade line may seem perfect in its simplicity viewed by an audience from a distance. Up close, the line’s small imperfections spotlight its human source.

An intricate arrangement of even near-perfect, though handmade, lines will reveal its source as well as its process. The audience and creator share this knowledge. It is within this mutual understanding that we see how imperfections inspire intimate human dialogues; they satisfy our desire to connect with others and recognize common patterns.

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