Liquor bottle tops, copper wire 488 x 457 cm, 2003Photo: Courtesy of Oriel Mostyn Gallery, London
Liquor bottle tops, copper wire 297 x 347 cm Photo: Courtesy of Oriel Mostyn Gallery, London
Flowers - on anything
Ruffles - For that little bit of feminine glam
Try one or all for an instant update to your spring wardrobe.
Want to see some more spring trends check out the websites and blogs from the post Who Started that Trend?
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Don't let a daunting project scare you. Failure is important to success!
Become aware of the negative messages you give yourself. Then begin to verbalize positive ones instead. Continue to remind yourself that you have great potential.
Fear of Failure
Make a decision and look at each failure as a step toward success. Failure is a learning experience that will lead to growth.
Fear of Risk
Free yourself about how you think a project should go. Take risks. If you don't your work won't change, you will be bored, and you will be cheating yourself out of creative discoveries.
Lack of Discipline
Set up a schedule to work on your project. Protect it, tell everyone that this your time and keep that commitment to yourself. The more you keep your schedule the easier it will be to establish discipline.
We all need human contact to keep the spark alive. Get out when you can, take a class, join a group, have coffee with friends, this will help keep your creative juices flowing.
You may not think it's perfect, but every creation is worth something. Sometimes you just have to put your project aside, when you come back to it you may see it in another light.
Fear of Rejection
Don't let your fear of rejection hold you back. Take that next step, try something you have never tried, don't place your worth on one opinion. Trust you instincts no matter what anyone else thinks.
What are your fears and how have you overcome them?
- I am married and I have a teenage daughter and 2 dogs
- My sister and I are best friends - even though she lives in a different state
- Besides making jewelry I love to sew
- I enjoy cooking
- I prefer to take vacations by car - I like to see the country
- My favorite place to hang out is the library or a book store
- I am not very organized - but I do try
- I like to drive - with a teenager I don't have much choice
- I spend a lot of time on my computer
- I hate to do housework
I would love to hear about you - tell me 2 things about yourself.
There are three basic elements to developing your design:
Identifying the question
Here are a few examples of questions you might want to start with...
What do you want to create?
What is the message you want to send?
What shapes should I work with?
This one took me a long time to figure out, but basically it means to look at something and seeing past the obvious.
• Try this exercise - Take a common object like scissors, tools, or even a cork screw and start drawing it. As you go through the process change each drawing as you go, make it narrow, wide, do different directions, just draw it parts changing the shapes as you go, put it back together in different way. This will help open up your mind to looking at things differently and seeing all the potential inspiration around you.
Consider your Elements
Here is the basic design checklist of essential elements you should consider during your design development.
Shape - Is it appropriate for your concept? Is the scale right for visual balance?
Form - Have you considered the piece from all angles?
Texture - What finish should your piece have?
Color - What does the color need to achieve?
The 5 senses - How can you make your piece to engage them?
Function - Will the piece be able to perform the function you want it to?
Materials - Are they suitable for your design?
Process - What will you need to do to create your piece? Will it be cost effective?
These are simple ideas. If you incorporate them into your process when you are creating, it will save you time and make the process of taking your idea and turning it into reality.
Woodrow T. Wilson
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What do you think? Are you as ready for spring as I am?
Here's a few I found...
Keep an idea log
Use a notebook you can carry with you, so you can jot down ideas as they come to you. I use mine when I am surfing the web, reading, or just hanging out. Sometime the best ideas come when you are not sitting in front of your computer screen, but when you are out and about.
Explore blogs in different categories
There is so much information on the web and if you limit yourself to just your medium you are limiting your idea possibilities. I read blogs about fashion, business, trends, being a mom, anything to stay informed.
Check comment sections
When people respond to your blog posts they tell you what they liked, sometimes they ask questions, or share experiences, use that information to expand on a post you have done. Also when you are reading other peoples blogs if you read a post you liked check out the comments, it may spark an idea for your blog.
Do something different
Do a blog post that is all pictures, give something away, write a list relevant to you audience, create a poll. You don't aways have to write a post to get your point across.
Step away from your computer
Sometimes its best to stop trying so hard and just turn the computer off and do something else. When I find my self stuck I go to the library or book store and read magazines and check out new books. When I do this I always come home with a notebook full of ideas.
Next time you need some ideas give a couple of these ideas a try.
I would love to here how you come up with idea's, leave a comment!
I"m so thrilled my blog just received the Sisterhood Blog Award from Daria at D'Luxe Design Blog.
Now I get to share the award with other great blogs.
This is how it works:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
I'd like to congratulate my choices for this award:
1. Dancing Mooney
2. Handmade Whimzy
3. Book Wormz
4. Livngood Jewelry
5. Shimmer Me Blue Design
Please visit their blogs and congratulate them!
The wonderful thing about a sketchbook is you don’t have to know how to draw to use one. I love my sketchbook. I use it everyday, and take it with me everywhere. You never know when inspiration will hit you.
The process for design is different for everyone. You may like to just start a project with no plan, just jump in with both feet. You may draw everything out from every angle and have very detailed plans. You may be more like me where I sketch to get the ideas down on paper and use them loosely depending on the materials available. Sketching can be your thinking process, how you fine tune your ideas, working things out before you start working with your expensive materials.
Use your sketchbook for your ideas, and as a technical journal. Record experiments you have tried, material you have worked with and techniques that did or did not work. Keep your sketchbooks, you will be surprised how often you go to them as a source of inspiration. Plus it fun to look back and see how your work has changed over the years.
Once you get started with sketching out your ideas it you will be surprised how the ideas will start flowing. It take practice to get into the habit and remember sketching is just for you, so no need to make them perfect. Try these exercise to help develop your mind-hand connection making sketching easier over time.
♦Make on-minute gestures drawing familiar objects or the scene outside a coffee shop
♦Use simple lines or scribbles to capture shapes
♦Doodle – Set your mind free and see what happens
Here are a couple of resources for making your own journal and on how to keep a sketchbook. Check out these Etsy shops that offer beautiful handmade sketchbooks (click on the photo for the shop).
Create your one moleskin sketchbook
How to keep a sketchbook
Question – How do you design? Do you just jump in working with the material you have or do you plan out what you are going to do?
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