Having grown up surrounded by industrially produced stuff I have been conditioned with a strong expectation that a ‘set’ will comprise identical pieces. As a maker I hated that idea and have been very resistant to the use of gauges and measures to make more nearly identical pieces. It made me feel restricted and machine-like.
Seeing a picture of Jill Shaddock’s work (above) was a breakthrough – that pieces could be clearly related and yet different, having their own characteristics. This type of ‘family likeness’ had become my aim.
Recently however I have begun to use the odd measure and have found an unexpected pleasure and satisfaction in being able to make a set of pieces that all stack neatly together.
As a result the question of how much sameness is good and how much is too much has been blown open again…
I don’t know what the answer is, I don’t know if there even is one – but the question keeps rolling around in my mind.
So. Over to you.
Makers – how much sameness do you aim for? Why?
Users – how much sameness do you like?