Creator's Diary 05: Critical incidents of my process of making

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. 
    • Hypothesis
    • Imagination
    • 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)
    Tutorial 05: How to make earrings from a blue plastic bottles?

    Tutorial 05: How to make earrings from a blue plastic bottles?

    Tutorial 04: Crochet basics (with plastic bag yarn)

    Tutorial 04: Crochet basics (with plastic bag yarn)