5 hours ago
#marchmeetthemaker day 20: DESIGN PROCESS.
I am working on whittling down my process time, but in an effort to always keep everything handmade and my personal promise to never cut a pattern I can’t draw myself, it seems like it may stay pretty long.
The whole process starts with the drawing of an Islamic pattern, with a ruler, compass and pencil. That’s it.
Then, I usually transfer the pattern to be able to outline it clearly and see where the lines are.
After that, I sometimes weave or make a final drawing of the pattern to be able to use for multiple different things. If I know I’m going straight to cutting, I skip this step.
Then, I start cutting out the outline. .
Then color and paper tests go on, and this is usually where indecision and doubt really start to kick in. Color choices for me are killer! My next goal is to learn illustrator so I can have some sort of idea of how this whole thing is going to work out before I just start cutting.
I let intuition guide me through the cutting and decision-making, keeping in mind the order of the layers and the overall look I want the piece to have. .
Then, after all the cutting takes place, the construction and pasting can happen and once that’s done, it’s FINISHED! And if I don’t mess up the mounting I am usually on cloud 9 at this point.
And this whole process could probably take anywhere from 10 hours at its very shortest on a very simple piece or...as long as you can imagine. Sometimes it takes painstakingly long. Sometimes I stare at the piece for 30 minutes and nothing comes to me. Working in bits here and there, sometimes a big piece takes me a month, but I usually have more than one thing on at a time anyway. .
Thanks for reading and hope it gave you some insight into how this whole thing works.