Posted in Design/Process on Monday, August 20, 2007|
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My studio is not a big space. Storage is at a premium and I’m hesitant to give up any more wall space than I have to. That said, I have the biggest design wall I can fit in the room and I still run out of design wall real estate. Why is that?
I think it all comes down to how I use my design wall. Between projects, I fill the wall with UFOs, WIPs, inspirations, and ideas, but during a specific project, the wall is pretty much dedicated to the main event.
I’ve discovered that I have a process during a big project like a commission.
- First, I clean my studio. (See my previous post about productivity through avoidance.)
- Then I clear my design wall to make room, clearing those pesky threads with a lint roller.
- Next I start filling the board with everything I have that relates to the new project.
Right now, my design wall is covered by layers of luscious, hand-painted fabrics from Mickey Lawler; Burmese and dupioni silks in true water colors; hand-dyed fibers of all shapes and sizes; and all kinds of gems, beads, and pearls to reflect that blue/teal/purple/silver palette that is the ocean. (The picture was taken before the project started.)
I have this interim collage thing going, but I need to make some decisions and start cutting. I am temporarily paralyzed by the fear that I will make the wrong decisions and ruin the whole thing, but this will pass. Tomorrow morning, I’ll pour myself a second cup of java and the Vision (with a capital V) will become clear.
I don’t post pictures of commission work in process, but I’ll write about it throughout the next month and I’ll post pictures once it’s done. Until then, I’ll use my design wall and embrace the process.
How do you use your design wall?
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Posted in Introduction on Monday, August 20, 2007|
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Have we met? (I’m extending my hand so that we can shake.)
I’m the Queen of Avoidance. On my more productive days, you may call me Princess Plans-A-Lot. It’s a quarter till midnight and I’m finally sitting down to initiate my blog. I’ve been planning to do it for weeks, but I’m just now starting. I’ve considered and forgotten tons of pithy and insightful “first blog” posts, but now I’m left with “Hello.”
Does anyone else do this? I can be quite productive when I’m avoiding something. Here’s how it works. I make a list of everything that needs to be done. If I’ve already done something, I add it to the list so that I can cross it off. Then I search for…no, not the highest priority; I search for the task that I would least hate to do. Sometimes it’s laundry, dishes, cleaning the studio. Right now, my studio’s in pretty good shape, thanks to avoidance.
Thank goodness I can sometimes escape the avoidance trap. When the planets are aligned, the dog is calm, and all is right with my world, I can sometimes sit down to that daunting, scary task that I’ve been most avoiding. Today, I started a commission that I’ve been putting off. It scares me a little. I have the vision, but I really, really want to nail this one. I’ve set the bar high and now I have to produce. Once I have something to show, I will.
Oh, and I finally started my blog. Now what we’ve met, I hope we see a lot of each other. The Queen of Avoidance is a long name; you can call me Cyndi.
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