I've noticed recently that working on my art takes a different type of motivation then when I do work for other people. When I work at a job or do client work, it's all done on someone else's deadline and schedule. But when I work on my own schedule, I find I need new ways to keep producing work without that external pressure.
The weather here has been snowy and icy so I've been spending a lot of my time binge watching Project Runway. I don't think of this as wasted time though because I'm learning design lessons that I can apply to my own practice.
Marie Kondo is back in the public eye with her new Netflix show Tidying Up. You may love her methods or hate them but you have to admit she makes a good case for getting rid of what you don't use anymore. In this world of one-click buying, it's too easy to acquire massive piles of stuff in a very short amount of time. I have read that her methods don't work for creatives. Tim Harford says her methods work for tidying your kitchen but not your studio space. While I do think that being overly neat can get in the way of creative work, there's nothing wrong with having your space organized so you know where to find things when you start a new project. Here are some tips I have...
I recently finished up a few sets of tricolor wood coasters. I love how the design turned out and how the different colors of wood contrast with each other. er. Inspiration Before I start a new project, I always do some research and sketching to get an idea of what my product will look like before I jump onto the computer. I like having design books around in hard copy so I can browse through them for inspiration. For this project, I looked at my Sol Lewitt, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Sottsass books.
I have a certain nostalgia for those old Fisher Price letter magnets from the 70s. They say that people who grew up with them experience synesthesia and will often associate the color red with the letter A for example. They actually don't make those magnets anymore so I thought I would make my own version of them.