As the second-to-last person to lead a session in the ThoughtMatter “Maker Studio Friday” series, I felt a bit uneasy. There had been so many incredibly creative and thoughtful DIY projects presented throughout the summer, and I wanted to bring something interesting and engaging to the table.
I remembered how, as a young girl, I had always been interested in record cover design, posters, book covers, etc. – graphics of any kind. I knew from that period that I would not feel satisfied unless I pursued something in a creative field; that I would absolutely need to do something that allowed me to express myself visually.
It’s no secret that the creative field has strayed from the physical, concrete method of creating ideas and design. Computers, while being a major design tool, lack the tactile sensibilities of a hand-created process. That practice requires a different mode of thought, a different preparation and route of planning. And, very importantly, hand-done design also allows for “happy accidents” that may either become or heavily influence the final product.
I decided to explore the area of printmaking using simple tools – stamps, ink and paper. Stamps are generally thought of as very boring, basic, rudimentary and childish – not necessarily the most engaging form of design. However, design is play, and in picking a more unexpected variety of stamps including both text and an array of textures, unconventional ink colors, and multiple paper colors – because who wants plain white paper anyway? – I opened the door to much more graphic experimentation. Throughout the whole session, it was obvious that people were enjoying themselves, filling their pages with impressive splashes of color and awesome patterns. Take a look at the finished products for proof. Who said that stamping can’t be cool?
This summer at ThoughtMatter, we’re ending every week with a “Maker Studio Friday” activity. During each session, a different studio member leads us through a hands–on activity that results in each of us having made something with our hands and minds. The activities help us keep our minds open, and pushes us to create better and more innovative work for our clients.