Creator's Diary 05: Critical incidents of my process of making
Here I make a short summary of critical incidents which influence my creative process:
Source of inspiration
- Products inspiration: usually I search keywords such as “crochet””upcycle””recycle" on Pinterest.com. I found out many inspiring projects, knowing what has been done and what can be done to improve (Pinterest), collected my favorite images and build my own inspiration board
- Techniques: according to what I found out through Pinterest, I wonder what crafts techniques would be possible to try out, at this phrase I will search keywords such as “crochet””fusing””weaving” on YouTube. Then I find the related video tutorials that I could learn from and experiment with.
Concept visualization (2D & 3D thinking)
- Sketches help the concept development and memorizing the idea.
- Timeless design is a way to extend the product lifespan, which is one of the principles of sustainable design.
Thinking from material's perspective (different from normal design process)
- What can be reformed out of the trash I have.
- After reforming, how is the material look and feel like?
- How to treat the reformed material?
- Material structure brainstorming is a useful tool to decide the direction of making
Prototype making, Trial & Error
- previous related tacit experience, skills will also lead the direction of material experimentation
- learning new techniques from others
- Learn from the mistake and re-make the prototypes
- new knowledge gained from the prototype making
Products making: Hard work and patience
- After finishing the product, it is hard to recognize the raw material
- What I found out is usually the making process is easier than I thought
- However time matters, some work is time-consuming
Reflection, during and after the making
- Do I like the design?
- Did I achieve my goals?
- Is the quality improved?
- Does it fit the standard of upcycling design?
- Does the process create new waste? If yes, what to do with the waste?
- What can be improved for the design?
- What to try out next?
- Feedback from others is worth to consider
Historic Arts and Craft’s Movement’s understanding: “Improving the environment, generating psychologically fulfilled people; and creating beauty” (Greenhalgh 1997; Metcalfe 2002)