12 May, 2010

Workshop in Progress - May 12

Let's change things up a little bit, shall we? The Workshop in Progress has always been about sharing our works, asking for advice/opinions. Following on the dialogue that started and you can follow here and here, I've decided we should expand the WIP to include more on process.

By process I mean sharing our ideas from inspiration to completion.  This will include things like sketches - as seen above - picking fabric, playing with layouts, challenges with piecing, and even the finishing touches.

I feel like I've been doing this on the blog for quite a while, but I am committed to a much more conscious effort on this. That's why I've included the sketches today.  I have a few commission orders on the go and these were my sketches and notes on my ideas to fill the orders. 

As you can see, sketching is not my forte. But a couple of quick squiggles with a set of markers that are just mine and a few notes and I can capture the idea as I see it. While I do have a notebook that I carry around with me for anything and everything, it doesn't get a lot of sketches into it. Most of my sketches are either like above - on office paper, made at my day job desk - or they are quick scratches in the back of my work notebook. Yes, I do seem to get most of my ideas in the midst of my day job.  Daydreaming? So I make a two minute sketch, set it aside, and resume my work.

How do you capture your ideas?

Speaking of branching out and learning something... Okay, that was a horrible segue. But we do need to share Lesly's latest quilt top.  She's brought it to the workshop before and it is great to see the progression on this piece. This time she is looking for opinions on the appropriate back - one that compliments the front and makes her feel good about the piece.

And here's a technical question for you from Nichole.  What needles do you use? (Schmetz here, size depends on the task and thread at hand.)

So, let's see your process posts.  Don't be shy. Learning how others approach their projects is eye opening and refreshing. Sharing your process is liberating.


Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I love seeing people's sketches, and then seeing what they actually turn into. Sometimes the same, sometimes not.

Nanci said...

There is no way I'd put a sketch on my blog...talk about yuck! I like yours though...keep going!

elle said...

I SEE my problem. I sketch in pencil or pen. Cheryl, I hope this flys because if we want to be modern gals, we need to share 2010 thinking and 2010 processes. I'm IN and this should be a super dooper motivator and can't we all progress along that particular path.

John'aLee said...

Hi! I was thrilled to see your 'Work in Progress'. Aunt Spicy just left me a comment on my own sketchbook, which made me go to her blog, where I found your blog on her Inspirational List.
Just yesterday for the first time I posted my sketchbook and felt a little bit intimidated, if you know what I mean. It is truly work in the raw. But that was why I was tickled pink to find you and your own audacity to show from this point.
I've been sitting here all day working on the new BOM that I shared on my blog, thinking about the 'design process' and how I am going to expand on this in my own blog.
So kindred spirit...a big THANKS to you! You made my day.
Quilting Hugs!
PS I'm going to link to your blog, so others can enjoy your 'process' as well.

Jenny said...

I definitely capture notes and sketches on anything at hand. Preferably in my sketchbook, however, I have notes on the back of a long receipt in my purse. Can't lose that one!

CitricSugar said...

I am a sketcher. Usually in several drafts before I crack out a ruler or graph paper.

Sometimes, there's crayons involved.

amandajean said...

I love your sketches! I agree, blogland needs more process coverage. ;)

Andrea said...

Interesting. When I teach music/art/writing/inquiry projects, for me it's all about the process and not the final product. It's about the growth of how we got there and how our next project evolves from it. Not sure how the parents feel about having non award winning Christmas concerts, but hey...they've learned. I'm going to have to work through how to convey this in my quilting. I have a few sketchbooks where I do my rough and more 'final' drafts...they are CRAZY. But yes, process does need to be explored more.

It does, however, lead me to think of the other discussion we had - fast and easy, and (what seems like) rapid production - is there a process there, or ..? Would be interesting to see how that goes. And then one needs to consider people who make quilts from patterns, versus making quilts from their ideas.