The Celebration of
A select genre of arts and crafts is
deliberate imperfection implying handmade rather
than machine made, objects may be non-square,
have bumped edges and corners, have breaks in
the tubeline and minor bleeding of colours. It
is in their nature, the celebration of
imperfection. The movement represents high art,
most well known being the japanese Wabi Sabi but
present in other most other cultures too.
Medmenham tiles despite being pressed albeit by
hand, conform to the aesthetic, which was most
prominent in Britain from around 1900 to 1920.
Arts & crafts architecture represents it,
best recognised in houses that have odd shaped
roofs, dormer windows, buttresses, part rendered
walls etc all to imply that it was an older
house with numerous repairs, alterations and
For the most part imperfect things look
unattractive, spoiled, but perfection can be
just as disconcerting. The human face is
classic, it should be symmetrical and symmetry
is recognised as a desirable trait, showing good
genes etc, but a perfectly symmetrical human
face goes the other way. It is disconcerting,
alien, and imperfection is introduced for
example with a beauty spot in women's make-up.
Look at the faces of the most famous actresses
and models, many have a natural beauty spot. A
distinctive aesthetic, quite fabulous, every
piece unique and rare to find.