I do not come from an engineering background or area of study, so a design loop is kind of new to me. I do almost all of my creative work digitally through programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. So when I envision something I want to create, I kind of just jump in after some brainstorming. Doing digital work makes it really easy to just experiment and then undo anything I don’t like, so I’ve never had a process like this before because I never felt like there was really a need for it. Doing work with real objects though, is not as forgiving as the Adobe Illustrator eraser button.
For my up cycling project, the biggest area that needs planning is just the actual design that I will choose to create. I needed to decide how elaborate of a design I wanted to try to make. After that, the hammering of the nails into the wood and the threading around the nails is pretty straight forward. Therefore, my design loop process is also pretty straight forward and easy to follow.
Luckily, I went home to visit my family this weekend, and my mom (a big fan of arts and crafts) had all the materials I needed, except for the wood. I was planning on using recycled wood, thinking the distressed wood could give it some personality, but in the end I decided to buy the wood so I knew what quality I was working with.
I don’t think my neighbors were very happy during the creation phase. The hammering of the nails was very loud. I also only had access to nails that were all different sizes. It was difficult to get them to sit at the same height. After that, I went about the threading without any sort of strategy. The end result is still pretty good, but I could have found a more structured or patterned way to finish the designs. Some threading techniques are more visually pleasing than others, and mine was very random.