Starting Today: Daily Design
So, it is official... I am starting today on a new challenge, one that I have been putting off for far too long. I am a designer by trade and a maker, well, because it's the only thing I know how to do. For years I have been in the mode of "designer" meaning that when I design something, I then find someone else to make it. I have found lately, that I don't want to do that. Of course with that idea lots of questions come to mind (and have been asked of me by pretty much everyone) starting wtih, how will I make money? What if lots of people want it? What should I make? How should I make it? My answers to these questions have been, "well, I'll just wait and see" and "I'm not going to worry about that." Those who know me, know that I am kind of a frazzled perfectionist. In other words, my space is a disaster, but I want what comes out of my mess to be perfect, and let's face it, nothing I make is perfect. I am the type of maker who just jumps in and starts, I like to figure things out as I go. I have never used a pattern, although I am pretty sure I should, but for some reason I find it inhibits my process. When I am designing after printing, I like to piece things together and see what comes out of that.
My challenge as a designer/artist is to get better at my craft. When I say that, it is honing my style, honing my story and being focused on what I really care about, and making things that express that. Maybe equally importantly, I really want to be a better maker. I know that nothing I make is perfect, but for some reason, I am kind of obsessed with that aspect of making. I don't want things I make to be perfect, I want them to be human.
Since pretty much everything I put on my online shop, are things I have literally made one of, I figure it is really more about the making than it is about my shop. Because of that, I am putting forth my own challenge to document and share my process for making and designing everyday. Maybe show you how I see things, and why I put things together and perhaps inspire you to make something too!
All of that being said, here is my first daily design: Sprout Table Runner. Over the past year, I have been experimenting with design and what and how I will make things. The biggest issue I have had has been finding fabric to work with. I have been screen printing my designs onto fabrics, and this has proven challenging in itself. Long story short, I discovered some fabrics by Robert Kaufman called Essex Linen. I am totally in love with these fabrics, in fact you will find them at one of my all time favorite stores, Purl Soho (you can also buy them online at fabric.com). I love these because they are so wonderful to print on and they are just plain beautiful to the touch. The two colors I worked with on my runners are: natural and denim blue:
I also used a 100% linen for the white as well
I use binding tape to hide the seams and chose green for this project
I LOVE this pile of scraps, so I thought I'd share it with you too :)