For this upcoming collection, I've been switching gears on the minimalistic look and heading in somewhat of the opposite direction. Words like 'ornate', 'embellish', 'rich', & 'patterned' floated through my head, and I ended up putting together the below inspiration board to help focus the aesthetic for this new collection.
I also wanted the pieces to have a sense of robustness and roundness as opposed to angular and sharp. If you're familiar with my work, you know I tend to go the angular and sharp route so this new trajectory has definitely been somewhat of a challenge for myself.
The process in which I arrive to a design idea is overall pretty intuitive. From the very beginning, there is always a sense of how I want the pieces to feel (i.e. embellished, robust, decadent, patterned) and this sense then helps me to develop my inspiration board. Although a lot of my design process is intuitive, the board is very important in that it also helps navigate my intuitive thinking and keeps it in check. I reference it for shapes and curves and sometimes those initial shapes and curves morph into other shapes and curves and so on and so on. Hence the all over randomness to my sketchbook. I tend not to erase things and just let the sketching spill everywhere which is why having that board is so important. I will check back in with it to make sure everything remains cohesive.
After I've developed a few sketches that I feel are really working, I then move on to either hand carving them into wax or more recently, create them in the 3D modeling program Matrix. Here I can foresee whether a design is really going to work and/or make any tweaks necessary. Above are a few sneak peeks into what I have so far.
And so far, I'm actually pleased with the outcome. The design process can be frustrating at times with doubts and designer's block, but when it's working, it's really working and I try to make sure to appreciate those moments. I can't wait to show you the rest when the time comes. Stay tuned!