Maggie Bergman

When all is said and done, it is designing that excites me most!

Playing with……stuff, and, it doesn’t really matter what that ‘stuff’ is!

If you’re an artist, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Design is the thing that keeps us interested, no matter what our craft is. I am equally happy working with paper, as with silver or clay or wood.

Working on an idea; in your mind, in your journal, or if you’re like me, on anything that comes to hand, is so exciting, sometimes frustrating and in the end, when, with a bit of luck, it all comes together, the best feeling in the world!

From my days at art school, what I remember best are the informal design ‘happenings’ we had from time to time. These were not really part of the curriculum, they just ‘happened’ sometimes.  We’d sit around talking about the work we’d done that morning, and then, to illustrate, our tutor would grab some thin card and quickly construct something to show what he meant, in 3D.

I still love drawing and playing with paper,  it is how I like to design things, work out details, or just play and see what comes from that.

In this blog I’m going to try and show you how I do these things, and if you don’t have a background in design, I hope I can show you how easy it is and that you can do this too.
I think a playful approach to design works better than an academic one and that’s what this blog will be about; first you Play, then you refine your Design if necessary, after which you can confidently Create your final work.

I believe from watching many of my students, that most people have a good eye for design, but either they don’t trust themselves, have some fear of failure or they have no idea how to get something original out of themselves and endlessly look for the answers in books and magazines.

Now don’t get me wrong, I too love books & magazines, but only for ‘catching a spark’ and seeing the wonderful work that’s being done all over the world, never to copy, always preferring to find my own designs.

So, come along for the ride, I think it will be fun! Please leave comments, and let me know what you think, and if you make something wonderful with what you’ve learned here, let me know, send me a picture and I might put it in the gallery:)

Okay, that’s enough talking, let’s PLAY!

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