Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2013 is a good one for us all.
I’m finding it difficult to get back to work after so long but I have a little exercise to kick start the creative process, I learned this method of design when I studied C&G and although I usually have more ideas than I can keep up with I still fall back on this method when I need a little push. The great thing is you never know what you will come up with when you start.
Study your chosen object and decide on something that interests you. A simple shape, or line, I’ve used both here.
Using pencils, pens, crayons etc do a simple drawing, nothing fancy, all you are doing is getting your ideas on paper.
Now alter the drawing, add to it, or subtract from it, change the shape, stretch it, mirror image it, whatever you feel like. A bit of tracing paper comes in handy here. Keep altering and refining until you have something you are happy with.
Instead of the oval shape I tried triangle and square shapes, figs 3 & 4. In fig 5 I looked at rows of bristles.
As you can see I have a whole host of new ideas for jewellery, and 14 would be great for fused glass, textiles or ceramics. Who would have thought that I could come up with these design ideas from a humble toothbrush.
Give it a go, you will be surprised at what you come up with.