Unattainable Perfection

Julie Dickson has been honing her crewel work inspired polymer covered objects for what looks to be a year or more based on the journey we see on her Dixie103 Flickr account. There is something daunting about the fact that Julie says she is “still perfecting the series” with these barrettes. Geez …


It is very nice to see someone working towards a level of perfection that is would seem impossibly high. The cane slices are beautiful and well laid out and the polish on the pieces are gorgeous. Maybe she wants it to look even more like crewel work than this? I don’t know. I’d take them as is and be very, very happy.

Perfection, like beauty, is really in the eye of the beholder. I can tell you that I go over and over each issue of The Polymer Arts magazine before and even after it is out and I see things I feel could use some fixing every time I go through it. When it comes down to it, creative work is really never done and is usually never perfect, not in the creator’s eye at least. But that unattainable perfection continues to give us something to strive for.

And speaking of The Polymer Arts magazine … the Spring 2013 issue came out yesterday. Digital access was sent last night and print issues started mailing today. If you didn’t have an order in already, click here to get yours now.

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