I had an assignment the other day for a specific design. I was pretty excited because I had been thinking about doing some work with this type design. My brain was firing instantly – “2 colors? just circles? circles and balls?” and on and on. Then I saw the phrase, “please no options.” Ohhh, this person knows me well!
I tend to work in trilogies. If I like something, I need to have 3 of them. Like this shirt? But it in 3 colors. Like this design? Do it in 3 ways. This little voice in my head (probably coming from my right hand that ALWAYS has the most harebrained ideas) said, “ohhhh, theres ALWAYS options..”
I completed the assignment and sent it off and came home of the Fed Ex store right to the clay table. For three solid days (3 again?) I was working. As soon as one was almost complete, two others were in my head.
I started with circles and began my rule set – only Sculpey circle cutters, only Souffle. That
black straw I got by drinking a blood orange margarita (oh, the sacrifices we artists make!). It was the perfect diameter to use for the center holes.
I thought I would stop after the circles, but then I remembered my cutter bracelets and the game was on. ANY Sculpey cutter was now in play!
I stopped at seven different designs, but I’ve got at least 2 more in my head- 3 sets of 3 – perfect!
I think it’s good to do this type of work. No fancy patterns, no fancy surface treatments – just shape and design. It’s both exciting and relaxing at the same time. It’s like creating your very own jigsaw puzzles – except of course, these you can wear when you get them put together!