I’ve been thinking about details lately, and how they work together to make something larger than themselves. That’s my purpose in showing the two photos above. After applying paint to the surface of a 3-sectioned rubber stamp, I pressed it to paper. At first it’s just a neat little design, right? But the more times you repeat that process, a pattern emerges. Each application to the paper builds on the last one.
Obviously, details needn’t be the same thing over and over. The point is they come together to develop a whole.
Last night I watched the new documentary film “Men of the Cloth.” It introduces three elder men who began to learn the tailoring trade as young boys in Italy. They learned just a little at a time, focusing for years on one step in the tailoring process before moving on to another one. Each spent the rest of their lives (one in Italy, the others in the US) learning, practicing, and creating beautiful suits for men.
It actually made me a little teary to see people so dedicated to making something custom and so beautiful that, as they expressed, their customer will have an ongoing relationship with. The appreciation these tailors have for a well-made piece of clothing, down to the finest details, was very inspiring to me. Whether it was the hand-finished buttonholes or the perfectly stitched underside of a pocket flap. It gave them pleasure and joy to see that beauty build.
“Men of the Cloth” is supposed to go to PBS next, and eventually to some digital platforms. I recommend it if you get the opportunity to see it.
Here’s some other finely detailed work that caught my eye this week:
Artist Rogan Brown designs, and then cuts (by hand or laser), thousands of paper replications of microorganisms. Things like tree moss, cell structures, bacteria, coral, diatoms and radiolaria. Okay, I don’t even know what those last two things are. The level of detail is mind-blowing. The finished pieces are absolutely stunning! See for yourself.
Have a great weekend,
Paula Ogier Artworks