Taught one of my most fun classes this weekend…major fun for me, but the students had lots of work to do! The class title is Anything Goes With UFO’s and it’s truly an easy way to learn and play with improvisational piecing. We discussed the thought processes in different approaches to creating improvisationally…is it really improv if you have a design all sketched out? Aaaah…is the design process the same as the free-form techniques?
To me, they are separate processes. I prefer to make free-form elements and then combine them using a design wall after I have a goodly amount of pieces with which to work. Some people do sketch out or pre-plan what they want to have and use their freely cut shapes to get to that plan. There are those who create ‘chunks’ of color and pick and choose as though they were adding paints from their palette.
Every single one of these approaches is right! There is no one way that’s better than another, or more correct.
You need to enjoy the process and use the method that leads to the results you desire. What is so valuable to me as a teacher is that I can see students using all of these processes in a class and point them out to the other students. You never know what will strike a spark with someone, what you might see someone doing that might inspire you to try something different.
No one finished a piece in class…they all spent as much time thinking as they did sewing. I could see the design wheels turning as the day moved along and I feel that everyone is headed for a wonderful piece when they do finish…and I think they all will finish! It was a class to use up UFO’s after all, not to create more!
I love teaching!