Q: Did you manage to ‘make space move’?
A: Yes I think I did. I particularly like the piece entitled Increasing confusion. The squares start off in a neat pile and then begin drifting away and I feel helpless to stop them or gather them back into order. I’m thinking “what can I do?”
The other one I like is entitled Alone. The distance between the ‘one’ and the group seems like a leap too far. That ‘one’ is destined to remain alone, on the outer looking in. I feel an enormous tension in the white space between the single black square and the overlapping ones. Obviously others may not feel this but I have a very personal interpretation of this formation and positioning of pieces.
Q: What are your thoughts about the drawings you did in Stage 3?
A: I’ve done quite a bit of reviewing of the exercises as I’ve gone along but I can add here that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this section. I’m not great at realistic drawing or sketching and I’m unlikely to ever be but the enjoyment I have got from playing with abstract drawing has been terrific. To know that there is scope to develop further enticing samples from some doodles in my sketchbook has been a great boost.
Q: Were you able to use your drawings successfully as a basis for further work? Are there any other things you would like to try?
A: I spent a lot of time working on my drawings, adding and deleting bits, manipulating and changing sizes and shapes, working in different colourways and media, simplifying and so on and I feel like I’ve only just begun. There must be hundreds of ideas that haven’t even occurred to me yet. Is there anything else I want to try? Of course. I need 100 hours in the day and then I could explore how to push a design and evolve it so far as to be unrecognisable as coming from the original and be an outstanding piece in its own right.
Q: Now that you have a good working method, do you feel confident that you can carry on working in this way independently?
A: Yes. Working this way is stimulating, it produces unexpected results and continually opens doors to more ideas and possibilities.
I’ve really enjoyed the designing and am slowly learning what my preferences are, my style is becoming more obvious to me and I’m starting to understand where I feel comfortable, where I need to push and what seems like a chore or is less preferred than other things.