Rayna at Studio 78 notes poses an interesting question today. She had a piece of work on her design wall for more than four months, and yesterday it told her what it needed doing to it. She asked whether this design process was different from other people’s.
I’m interested in this because before I did City & Guilds I never tried to design anything myself – I was definitely a pattern girl. But I struggled with their method of teaching design, where you more or less complete the design process before even starting the piece of wok itself. Yes, you make samples, loads of them, and that is something I’ve found useful since then, but you sit down and work out what you are going to do, based on how the samples work out, before you touch the finished object.
I find Rayna’s way of working much more intuitive. I’ve been trying it out with my journal quilts, and I start with an idea and start working immediately on it. When I come to a stop I pin it up and leave it until something comes to me as to what it needs next. Do that, repeat the process. I must say I’ve enjoyed this a lot more – it’s a whole lot more exciting! I suppose it’s the right side of the brain having a chance to work on the problem when the left side is thinking of other things…
Probably it’s easier with journal quilts anyway, because they’re small and there’s not so much invested in them if they do go wrong….
So… how do you work? What do you think?