Design Workshop with Dale Devereux-Barker

Christine Williams

Dale started his workshop by reminding us about the “blank canvas (blank copper?) moment” when we approach our materials hoping to create something, but not knowing what it will be or where to begin. He said that he finds print-making in its production of multiple objects depressurising, since if you make 50 objects and 10 don’t work you still have 40 that do. He gave us a series of ideas to aid creativity, including some that reduce the fear that can paralyse it:

  1. Don’t try to make ‘ART’, since this is just too scary. If others want to call it art afterwards that’s fine, but don’t set that as your aim.

  2. Work honestly, since excitement and curiosity always show in the work (especially curiosity), as does fear.

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