Joy of crafting

Converting a drawing or a concept into yarn did’nt appear to be a challenge till I got down to making it myself. I often have drawn and shown my drawings during my skill training programs. Usually a image and process is crystal clear to me in my mind. !!  For many years I drew to scale, colored, got closest possible image from the net,  but the result a textile three dimensional outcome that the artisan was to create was rarely satisfying. It would lead to to a few rounds of sampling to get the correct outcome. I would most often give samples that I would craft myself before I gave them to the artisan.

So after all these years when my six year old made a drawing she wanted as a real doll I quickly got my yarn delighted to make a new product.  Little did I realize that it would take a few attempts to make exactly how the drawing was. The challenge was to closely examine small details and convert them into 3 D. This got me questioning how our minds take a while to draw, copy 3 dimensional objects so easily, however converting a figment of imagination to reality needs thinking in material, technique, application and correct implementation.

From octagonal stop signs and rectangular doors, to triangular roofs and circular wheels—shapes are everywhere. Learning shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, it helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas including reading, math, and science. Jennie Ito, Ph.D. Child Development Expert

From early years children are taught all about three dimension, understanding shapes and objects. The challenge hence comes with someone who hasn’t been taught this. Now many of the women that I have interacted with never went to formal school. They were never taught 2 dimensional drawing. They always worked with 3 dimensional objects. Hence using a paper and pencil to draw an object that has no visual reference in their mind causes utter confusion. It results in a breakdown of skill and their making is severely constricted.

We as designers have learnt the elements of visual design — line, shape, negative/white space, volume, value, colour and texture. however the challenge of knowing this versus the challenge that the artisan who faces this.

I will have to study this a lot more however for now I think I will have to reconcile to the fact that skill supersedes our prejudice of learning shapes from early childhood. A master crafts person who has spent years with material and technique will be able to visualize an outcome without really drawing it.