Un-multi-tasking

How I work- Part 3-trial and error

Part 3 of my "process" is simply trial and error and a lot of experimentation and sitting back and looking. I cut fabric improvisationally and pin my shapes up on my design wall- constantly moving things around. Rather than write a boring exegesis on how I work I thought it would be more instructive to see some of the compositions that resulted in Circles No. 4. Where necessary I will put in a few captions. But the most important part is to not be afraid of changing everything including the initial idea. 
Here is where I started...
I knew I was going to use my inlaid circle technique
 so I cut in a few for positioning more than anything else.
This is my base. I build around this element.
I start to expand the composition by looking at other lines....
I do not like them.
Yellow appears- and I start rearranging the background over and over. 

I audition different line colors. I feel like I am making a circus tent. Not happy. 
I start changing the massing but I know that
something is not right.
I start looking at adding lines.
 I decide I do not like the black lines.
The yellow background disappears
but reappears as a circle element. I put down a few random circles to see how I like them.

The yellow circles make the grade
so I cut in a few yellow/green circles for positioning. 
I decide that two circles is awkward so I add a third circle-
a gray one that recedes  into the background. 
I start to build out the yellow and red lines and circles. 




I add in more grey circles but something is wrong.
I add even more line but I am really not happy.
I am starting to HATE the yellow circles.

No matter what I do the yellow circles are making me crazy.
They have to go.
In a bold move I cut off the yellow circles.



I hate the fact that I have wasted so much time with the yellow circles- so in attempt to save things, I put it on a yellow background and keep adding more and more blue circles. I do this for about two weeks until I realize that it is awful. 
I hate the fact that I have wasted so much time with the yellow circles- so in attempt to save things, I put it on a yellow background and keep adding more and more blue circles. I do this for about two weeks until I realize that it is awful.

I throw this out and as a joke give it to Nancy in class as a sun bonnet. 

I go back to the blue piece that I cut off and start to rework it.  At first I am trying to save the complete red and gray circles. I finally realize that it is stronger if I crop into the grey circles.

Final piece that is now 1/3 the original intended size! Circles No 4 composition is completed!









by JudyK