simplicity and time

I've been working on several projects and it's frustrating that I can't show you any of them—at least not yet. What I can share are two tools that I use and work for me all the time.

The sketch that I showed you in my previous post (which actually makes me cringe a little now) inspired one of my latest designs. It also illustrates how I use the first of these tools—simplifying. I edited most of the image and concentrated on the basic tear shape. Reducing an illustration to a minimal expression almost always provides me with better results. I also find that the challenge of knowing how much to edit is half the fun.

This bowl was one of the first projects I pitched for my book. It didn't make the cut because it was determined that I needed something more colorful. I reworked it with different paper and found that I preferred leaving gaps between the strips of paper. That's how I ended up with the three bowls that are on the cover. I built them in a different way than my first bowl which also allowed me to experiment with a new technique. All around a win-win situation.

The passage of time is something else that I include in my design schedule. It involves walking away from a piece (for several days if possible) and coming back to it with fresh eyes. It's such a simple thing to do. The fresh view usually confirms that my design needs minor tweaks or that the idea isn't feasible at all. Discovering the latter isn't exactly fun but it's better to rework something than to show a poorly executed piece.

Today I happen to be staying away from some work for the above reason. We'll see what happens tomorrow when I take a look again.


  1. I totally agree. I too, have to give myself some space on my projects for a few days, and then come back to it.

    I love this bowl, it's so delicate. Great work!

  2. With yr nose to the grindstone you can't reaaly tell what yr doing - a timely reminder to me to step back from it. You know thses things but need reminding sometimes

  3. those bowls are fascinating, lovely.

  4. your bowls are beautiful as are so many images I have just discovered on your blog. Reading your post helps me reflect on the artistic process, which is all about searching for the next level, and sometimes it means stubbling unto you reach that next plateau and other times it means you need to keep experimenting to find your new direction or path. When there is no struggle, it means that you are not really working as an artist. So as difficult as it is, enjoy the creative process!