Too often I see ladies who are frustrated with their Trollbeads. They come to me and share their problem bracelets… they are locked in an uneasy struggle to create perfection. For myself, I have no such lofty aspirations. I try to make something beautiful, that gives me joy, but fully embrace the imperfections that are inevitable.
Consider a flower: which is more delicious? A perfect, trimmed, long stemmed red rosebud… or a messy, blowsy, tea rose, with every shade of yellow to pink and a couple of freckles along the way? Give me the messy rose any day… The same is true with Trollbeads. The beads with the strange little squiggle… the crooked leaf, the unusual tone on one side – those are all my favorites. I adore the exceptional!
When I was a child, living in Turkey, I was told a wonderful thing by a carpet merchant… there is an old proverb in that part of the world that says “Only God is Perfect”. No matter how gifted the weaver, you will never find an absolutely perfect carpet – because the weaver will have intentionally misplaced a stitch.
The purpose of this is to ensure that The Creator is not insulted by the attempt on the part of a mere human to imitate the divine. Now I don’t think that I have to make an effort to ensure my compositions are not perfect… and I certainly will keep striving to create beautiful things. However, it’s a gentle reminder that perfection is not a reasonable or even laudable goal.
Clockwise from clasp: “Limited Edition Lucky Clasp”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Three Flowers”, “Engraved Poetic”, “Sea Anemone”, “Unique”, “Paradie Birds”, “Limited Edition Lucky Glass”, “Amethyst”, “Fountain of Life”, “Moon Ocean”, “Aurora Flower”, “Unique”, “Limited Edition Lucky Silver”, “Third Eye”, “Moonlight Bubbles”, “Purple Prism”.
In the end, it’s the inspired and perfectly imperfect that gives me the greatest satisfaction. So go ahead, make something beautiful, quickly and with great joy. Don’t fuss, don’t worry if it’s not “Perfect”… just enjoy the process and the beautiful reward of the result.