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Where do ideas come from? Risk Taking

In the search for ideas for designer makers we looked at risk taking at Uni.

Do I take risks?

Probably not much these days, which is awful.

We tried two techniques for risk taking to come up with ideas.

The Dice game

Make 2 dice and write on each side a word like dots, flowers, glasses.

Also write a list of things – wood, flower, food, crayons…

Roll each dice twice and jot down what you come up with

I got Flowers, Motif, glasses, bright hair

Now go out and find two people that fit the description of the words.

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BRIGHT  HAIR AND MOTIF T-SHIRT

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FLOWERS (BAG PATTERN) AND GLASSES

We were lucky, these two were walking into Uni together.

Now take your list of things and ask each person to choose a word from the list

FLOWER

TIE-DYE

Now using the words you’ve been given make something.

I found this flower on the internet

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Image: Unknown, . (2013). . , Whollies Website: http://wholles.com/smiling-white-flower.html.

There’s a good reason why everything has to be done through the computer at the moment… I’ve broken my ankle and am at my mums. I only have my computer with me.

A little bit of Photoshop time and I come up with this…

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I’m not too keen on Tie-Dye and my photoshop skills grow slowly.

But then I’ve been meaning to look more at Shibori knitting and this might be the right time.

On the knitting machine I made a square of stocking stitch from British wool, Using a shibori (tie-dye) technique I tied 2p coins in the wool and washed it.

Then I dyed it one colour! Oh No, you can’t tie-dye in one colour…

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I’ve already had two people asking for a scarf like this, so I guess that idea was worth it.

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