What makes you stand out from the crowd?

 

The year of 2018 has been an activist for praising individuality. With social media at the forefront of our lives,platforms like Instagram have given us opportunities to celebrate being different.

However, face-tuning apps and filters still hold a big presence in social media and with the power to re-touch the odd bump, lump, crease, spot, freckle and vein, these apps can strip away your identifying features to create what is, perhaps, an unrealistic and misleading portrayal of perfection. Although there is a time and place for photo-editing software, should we be embracing our imperfectly perfect quirks more?

When thinking about what to reference to strengthen my point, a friend showed me a documentary about Korean Moon Jars and I was instantly intrigued. Titled, Moon Jars: The Art of Imperfection, the documentary follows ceramicist Yang Gu as he creates a traditional Korean Moon Jar out of white porcelain. The pottery consists of two hemispherical halves that have been joined together in the middle and the slightly uneven natural shape adds to its appeal. Yang Gu says, “The Moon Jar stands by itself. Good-looking, deformed, lengthy, voluminous. In this craft, any endeavor to attain greater perfection no longer exists.” Embracing the Modernist principles of simplicity and the idea that less is more, Yang Gu teaches a great lesson in life.

From Korean ceramics to American literature, author, Alice Walker also does a stellar job at blowing the impracticality of seeking ‘perfection’ out of the water. She stated thatin nature, nothing is perfect, and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they’re still beautiful.”

At GLOW we are proud to stand out from the crowd with our quirks in tow and we want to invite you to do the same. What makes YOU stand out from the crowd?

 

If you have a brilliantly imperfect perfect quirk that you would like to share, then we invite you to tag @GlowandSee in a photo of you on Facebook/Instagram and we will repost your entry on our page.