Workspace tour. I love looking at other people’s workspaces. Mine is a definitely a work in progress, but this is where the magic happens these days. I found a quick-and-dirty sketch I did a long time ago that gives you an idea of what I have in mind for it. Maybe I’ll tackle that after graduation in a month or so.
A common theme in my workspace is a spread of visuals. When I’m designing patterns, I’m very hands on. There is usually imagery spread out on the floor and posted on the wall. I like to step back and look back at patterns from across the room. This helps me look at my work a bit more objectively and I can also start to identify interesting movement and relationships within the pattern. I’ll print designs out, sketch on top of them or fold, tear, or paint them. Sometimes 3D exploration is part of the process, too.
The books on my bookshelf say a lot about my diversity of design interests: interior design, graphic design, surface design. I love books…and kids’ art projects. Those orange things in the photo are cats. They make me smile.
Thoughts on Challenge One. It was fun. It took me a long time. I rarely produce quality without quantity, so there are oodles of patterns that never saw the light of day. I’m learning to keep most of it in my sketchbooks, though. Only the best ideas make it to the computer. They also need to be part of a larger, conceptual idea. For Twisted Abode and Undulate, I was trying to capture the twisting, organic movement in human nests, so that was a guiding principle during the design process.
Below is a sneak peek at something else I’ve been working on. I have 2 collections of patterns that will be on display for my graduate exhibit at Iowa State University’s College of Design from April 12 to April 20.
I used a surger for the first time yesterday to finish off these samples. Once it was threaded (note emphasis), it was an amazing machine to work with. I ran out of thread this afternoon…I’m going to need a surgeon to thread it a second time.