In praise of the wonky noggin

I am a recovering raging perfectionist. I like things to line up in the way I see fit, all the time. I nit pick. It’s extremely annoying.
So why on earth do I let things like this be?
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Chickenpants in Space 2010 (CP #46)

I have a weird exception when it comes to fabric. I like to let mistakes inform the design. I like to let the fabric tell me what to do. In short, I like to let go a little and see what develops.
So especially when a Chickenpants comes out sort of weird, I let it go. It feels less like a mistake and more like personality. Early on in making Chickenpants, I decided that (almost) everything that deviated from the original line needed to be. Not just that it was meant to be, but that I needed to be there.
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Chickenpants Slim- CP# 238

If you want to really dig into it you could say it connects us to our humanity. All humans are imperfect, and we’ve all got at least one glaring flaw that hobbles us. Generally much more. But we’re okay. We go on. We exist.
Stop-fixating
I let the Chickenpants and my fabric art develop the same way, “flaws” and all. I encourage the flaws now, because I think this makes them much more interesting and lovable. Gradually, I’ve become better about allowing the flaws in my own self and life to just exist, too. Just let it be.
Flaws are okay. You are okay. It is going to be okay.
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Even you, Mick.
Mick Chickenpants- CP #18

Side note: ALL of the Chickenpants in this post have long since been adopted. Thank goodness I’m not the only one who appreciates a wonky noggin!

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.

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