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I have always been a fan of all sorts of textures. My barometer as to whether I truly like something or not usually correlates directly to the intensity in which I feel compelled to reach out and touch it. If I can walk by easily and keep my hands to myself, than the object in question was probably just okay in my book. However, when strolling through an art fair and my hands involuntarily start moving towards a piece, I know that it speaks to me and I am engaged.
I’ve been trying to incorporate my fondness for all things texture in my work. Whether it is for a project in my own home or a custom order for a client, adding the element of texture is one of my favorite things to do. Things that are dimensional are way more interesting to me than things that are simple. I don’t know if it’s the wow factor of “how did they do that” or if it’s because it is unexpected. Mostly, I think I like it because it is the antithesis of perfection. As someone who is a serial over achiever and my very own toughest critic, it is so exciting/healing/freeing to create something that has imperfections, blemishes and even some inconsistencies, but still collectively beautiful enough for others to want to touch and experience.
There are limitless products on the market that make it possible to add texture. Whether you are amateur or a pro I urge you to play around to achieve some new looks. Your disdain for all of the outdated and plain things in your life could lift as you begin to contemplate the possibilities. You may start out with a vision of a particular outcome in your head and end up with something completely different, but yet so fabulous that it could earn the most coveted prize of all…the “wow, can I touch it? test! And of course, if you are turned onto the idea, but would rather have me do it for you, I’d be thrilled. Just let me know if I can bring my snake skin roller!
Ps. I LOVE when people touch my work, it is the ultimate compliment.