Digital Handmade Print Project

10 lessons

Hunt and Gather

Now it’s time to go out on your own and find examples of work that you’re into. This can (and should) include your own previous work. We recommend spending half of your time exploring and the other half digging into your own creative heritage. And don’t be shy - go as far back as you can to rediscover things you have made or collected that still resonate with you.

Lesson menu

Guiding questions

  • What’s out there?
  • What techniques am I drawn to?
  • What design features make for a successful end result?

Equipment

  • Laptop 
  • Pen
  • Sticky notes
  • Printer

Instructions

  1. 1

    Hunt and gather

    Gather work that resonates with you from as many different sources as you can. Take a look through your own personal work too. At this stage, try not to consciously filter too much, just keep it simple. If you like it, gather it. There are a few suggestions below and in the links, but be sure to do your own digging as well.

    Consider:

    • Scale (micro or macro)
    • Studio photography 
    • Embroidery
    • Paper craft
    • Urban calligraphy
    • Illustration
    • Installation
    • Type as image
    • Filling a space
    • Printmaking
    • Object Art
    • Using unusual materials
    Hunt and gather

    Demelza's collection of strange 3D objects...

  2. 2

    Organising your thoughts

    The next step will be to analyse the work you’ve just gathered, but before we get to that, it can be useful to create a table with the image in one column and another two columns for the other information we’re going to record. If you find it hard to work digitally, consider printing the images and sticking them up on the wall, using sticky notes to get your thoughts down. Your thoughts can be drawings as well as words.

    Organising your thoughts

    Task sheet - way cooler when you've filled it in!

  3. 3

    Recognise

    Once you’ve gathered a selection of work you’re into, identify the specific features that drew you to it in the first place. Was it the form of a shape? The colour scheme? A texture? Maybe you like the typeface. In the first column, make a list of each feature. Fight the urge to say you just like all of it, and try to zoom in on the specifics so that when it comes to making your own piece, you’ll have an understanding of which pieces make up an attractive whole.

    Recognise

    Anzac Tasker - we have a huge crush on how he plays with type and space in this work

  4. 4

    Techniques

    What techniques can you identify that the designer used to create the work? In the second column, make a list for each image. 

    Techniques

    Eden Harris - awesome story behind how this typeface was made...

Tips & tricks

  • Cast the net wide - it’s important to have a really wide scope when you start
  • Keep an eye on the time - don’t worry about whether it is ‘interesting enough’ to gather - this is a quick and emotionally driven task 

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