Thursday, December 11th, 2008
We’ve started grading the students final work of the semester in the design studio I’m teaching, and my favorite part is always going through their sketchbooks. We ask them to keep a record of their process from the beginning to the end of the studio and it’s amazing to see their progress. We ask them to photograph everything they make and stick a copy of the photo into the book. Then they can draw over it, sketch next to it, and add notes and other images as they progress.
The magical part for the students is seeing how what they are working on in the end relates to where they started. It always comes full circle.
Generally this is how I work, but as I was going through their books I realized that I hadn’t been working that way for several months. As I get busier I tend to skip the recording part. I think it’s essential to make this a regular part of my process so that I’m not just recording but also seeing new connections in the things I make and moving forward with new ideas.
I took these photos of my sketchbook months ago for the article I wrote for Stitch magazine, and now looking at them again, I realized I was working with the mottled dye technique I’ve been using lately over a year ago. I guess ideas do keep circling back.