In the Studio~Work & Inspiration…

In the studio this week, several things were accomplished, including enlarging the pattern for the graphic flower. It is now ready to begin piecing and I am excited about the creative processEnlarging Pattern

Using the printer’s poster setting, I was able to enlarge the pattern to about 44″x 32″, which will make a more dramatic piece!

Several fabrics have been selected for this wall-hanging, though additional colors and textures will be chosen along the way…After reviewing different methods to transfer the pattern to fabric, I have decided to try an apparel design technique of using drafting paper to trace pattern pieces directly onto the fabric. A 1/4seam allowance will be added as each piece is cut out. Another decision to make will be what type of applique method to use–raw-edge fused?, layered and glued?, or edge hand-turned and basted?

Last week I received a gift in the mail–a beautiful piece of fabric–from someone who knows me very well! The piece is quite an inspiration with vivid, warm colors and a bold, graphic design. The panel is from the Dreamweavers series, designed by artist Stephanie Brandenburg and printed by Camelot Cottons. Visit Camelot Cottons’ website to read about this artist and view her work! Also, to learn more about her design process view the video, Meet Stephanie Brandenburg.

This was a good week in the studio and next week it will be great to continue the creative process!

Abstract Tree Design /\

At the annual Christmas Parade, I took photos of the huge tree on the lawn. Abstract Christmas TreeThis photo turned out like this quite by accident–an abstract tree, bright color patterns, with swirling movement–reminds me of paint swiggles on a black canvas!

A great design inspiration!

Creativity~ More Than One Right Answer

When I teach a design course, students are encouraged to brainstorm and draw multiple sketches of many ideas. After this, they are to select the idea that is most creative and best meets the design problem. It’s interesting to me that there are always a few who have one initial idea and want to immediately begin their project.

One Answer,(c) 2011 Joni Beach
One Answer, (c) 2011 Joni Beach

Why is idea generation important to the creative process? Because as Dewitt Jones, photojournalist, says, “There is more than one right answer…” Using divergent thinking, we think of multiple answers and solutions and then select an idea to develop through experimenting, playing,and improvising. We can evaluate as we go, making changes as needed to the design.

More Than One, (c) 2011 JoniBeach

In using creativity in problem-solving in art, as well as in life, the focus is on considering multiple possible answers and eventually selecting one vs analyzing to discover the one right answer…                                                                                                                                                         Many times it is not the initial idea that has the most creative outcome…                                                          Use creativity and discover more than one right answer.

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