In this project I challenged myself to complete nine projects in as many months and to explore my practice through playing with materials and processes. My projects included ‘Go Fish!’ a handmade interactive artwork, ‘20:20’ prints from a national print exchange, a range of hand printed kitchen textiles inspired by growing your own veg, ‘Pigeon Post’ a tool for correspondence and a family of handmade linen bunnies.
I curated an exhibition of my ‘Nine Projects’ at The Courtyard gallery, The Collection, Lincoln, which revealed the work created for the postgraduate diploma stage of my Masters in Design.
I often don’t have confidence in my ideas – or become frozen by the fear that I won’t be able to physically create the things I’ve designed in my head. Once I overcome this initial worry and stop procrastinating, I curse myself for not just ‘getting on with it’ because I remember how much I enjoy making.
This is the main reason that I decided to complete multiple projects for my ‘major practical project’. My rationale was that if I had to do that initial difficult stage of a project multiple times then it would help me to overcome my irrational worry of a project not being good enough. After all, I consoled myself, it is better to do an unsuccessful piece of work (and learn from it) than to make no work at all!
Sometimes I feel like a designer maker at heart; I love to make things. I love screen printing my own designs onto fabric. I love to create playful, or useful objects from my prints and embellish them with hand embroidery. But I don’t enjoy those early days of a project; when I’m trying to figure out what it is I’m making - and why.