Thursday, 20 November 2008

My thoughts to this point!

I felt that because I was almost starting again with the left hand although I had all the relevant information, knowledge and skills it was a good way of just going back to basics.
Drawing what I liked writing how I felt and it become true, honest and meant more than just scribbles.

In some ways its almost going backwards but I felt it was necessary to do so and it made me think about how I could use these thought processes within my design.
So combining what I was doing before and the way I am working now.

The best way for me to understand this was to create a thought diagram of things that were important to how I create; why I create; things I liked; things that were important to me.
I then just wrote all the words that stuck out more on to pieces of paper and redefining them to a selection of words which I felt were important to my design process.

It was at this point I realised that I was not so good at making decisions before of what to do and what to do next .

remembered a workshop that I went to about a year ago by the eco-design expert Rob Holdway who runs the eco-consultancy Giraffe.
We did a series of tasks where we were given dice to make the decisions for us. They created restrictions and we had to work with them within the group that we were in.

The dice was obviously created to the company’s design criteria but it made me wonder if I could some how create something of similar idea for myself to use but with my design criteria???
So I had someone help by making the dice and I put together some of the words I had refined from my thought diagram.

I decided that i would need at least 3 dice:-

1. “Time” How long I would need to create something.
2. “Function” why would I make it/for what reason is it for
3. “Material” what material would I use to create it

But then I decided to add one more:
4. “Process” how would I make it/create it.

Now this is just an idea and for me to see if it works I would need to roll the dice and record the outcomes, as it is difficult for me at the moment to create something.
But I think for my own design ideas and development this would be an extremely useful experiment and could change?

To be continued . . . . . . . . . . . . .

"The wrong hand"

The wrong hand sketch book is becoming a fresh way of thinking for me.
Even though it is a venerable experience i am trying to get the most from it and the strange thing for me is the fact that it is excepted for what it is.
In some ways i am actually enjoying drawing and learning from the left hand
"The wrong hand".
Although i will say that it is making me realize more so the importance of time.
Just realising how long things take and how i have to plan my days around the things which i am restricted to do.
I have just become very aware of just how long things can take.

This is the front cover of "The wrong hand" First sketch book.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Reflection. . . . .

After reflecting over the past two weeks after braking my wrist I feel I am questioning. . . . . . . . .

I feel that by using the wrong hand I feel in some sense that i need to almost relearn things such as how to hold the pen, how to draw and for it to learn all the things which the other hand would normally do.

I am finding that I feel more vulnerable and questioning "why"

I feel I do this anyway but it is more apparent than usual maybe because I feel as if I have a giant egg timer haunting me, stalking me, that I should make and do more.

But I worry . . . . . . .
I worry if my work would be appreciated or even understood, but then my work is personal, ideas come from personal experience; jouneys; so "why" does this matter?

"Why" don't I just make a decision? This is what I am going to do; this is Why and this is how and when!

I think in reflection my "Wrong Hand" sketch books are key to me understanding "why"

The sketchbooks Contain my vulnerability in a way that shows truth and reality in a child like manner, yet it is an outcome of something which has the potential to become things as well.

The Fact that people appreciate the "wrong hand" work without fully understanding it makes me think that i worry far to much about creating and doing.
I think I need to work out a way to tell myself what to do. I don't mean this in the way of working to a brief.
I feel I need to work out what it is that's important to me, for the way I work and why then from this I can work out a selection criteria.

So I am going to take some time to list and map these things again.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

The Tar Man

I found this a long time ago and have always been interested in Biagi's work but not really understood why until now. I think that it has a lot to do with how i am revisiting childhood feelings since i have broken my wrist.
The reason why I revisited Biagi's work was because my drawings kind of reminded me of some of the object's.
This could have been at first because i have been using lots of different size black pens for my drawing which look similar to his black tar creations.
But then looking at some of Biagi's Objects I think that it is more deeper.
His work represents many things, what stands out more to me is the sense of childhood innocence that has been encaptured by this powerful medium.
By using the ultimate symbol of childhood innocence "The Teddy Bear" it immediately sparks a reaction which most can relate to.
When I look at the images of his work it evokes a sense of uncomfortable childhood feelings that I just want to be protected from.
Feelings which I have been experiencing after braking my wrist, feelings which I feel when I am trying to write or draw with the wrong hand; vulnerability; memories and rawness of experience that takes me back to when I was a child.
And then the need to feel protected. . . . . . . . .

" The real experience lies within the journey "

I think this is too true, the real experience is within the journey, especially for my self at the moment I just feel that I need to embrace it.

"my Journey"

The Wrong Hand

"My Journey"

The Wrong Hand

I found it hard to start using my left hand as it was so unnatural to me. Every day things which i would normally use my right hand for i now had to use the left I feel like I am doing things backward, and that the left hand was trying to copy what the right would normally do as if it was a mirrored response.
These are some of the things I have been trying to do, but can't quite get the hang of with the wrong hand!

But . . . . . . . .

Saturday, 8 November 2008

The Wrong Hand

The Wrong Hand

"The Broken hand"

This is how my hand looked in the X-ray
this is not the X-ray but an example of how it looked.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

The Wrong Hand

"My Journey"
The Wrong Hand

This is my Journey recorded through notes and drawings by usi
ng the wrong hand. Since falling and braking my right wrist on Saturday the 25th October i have decided to adapt and use the wrong hand to communicate through notes and drawings firstly how i get through each day/week.
This is the beginning of what i have recorded of the first week.