The art of procrastination

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I think I’ve written a few times about procrastination. Yes, really, I just jumped in and did it!

It’s been a few long months since I have posted on Too Many Pies. In my last post I wrote some notes to self about ideas on the boil and projects to complete. I’m pretty happy that I’ve managed to find a ‘hat with earflap’ pattern, part-design some cotton knits and make some adequate calzones.

In my pursuit of a new colour palette I realised the only colour combinations I don’t use are primary colour combinations—and I’m not about to start now, so I can sort-of tick this one off. (OK, so I didn’t complete this one, but thinking about it and realising it was a stupid idea in the first place is just as good IMO)

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Most of the other ideas revealed in that post are still percolating and many others have been added. I’ve started making fingerless gloves. I’m wrestling with a couple of mathematical problems in my design work. I’ve been working puns about fish into some new imagery. I’m in procrastination heaven!

An interesting read penned by Adam Grant titled Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate gives reasons why procrastination is a good thing:

When you procrastinate, you’re more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns. Nearly a century ago, the psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik found that people had a better memory for incomplete tasks than for complete ones. When we finish a project, we file it away. But when it’s in limbo, it stays active in our minds.

LIMBO and ACTIVE are oxymoronic but perfectly describe the state of my procrastination. It’s a good thing, I agree. Every day holds great excitement and promise as I delve into the substantial Repository of Incomplete.

Food for thought: More and more

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I’ve managed a little bit of balance between the many pies recently. Here are some completed projects, some more in the offing and some musings.

Every sized pom-pom under the sun

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I have a pom-pom maker for every size from 10mm to 115mm. I’m aiming to make the perfect pom-pom, i.e. perfect sphere, which means finding the perfect yarn and then perfecting the technique. All I need to do now is think of what to do with the pom-poms I make!


Square beaded wraps

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My stash of beads is almost infinite, so I’ve made about 15 different designs for wrap bracelets, mainly featuring miyuki square beads—love the square! I’m aiming to get some colour-blocking, some ombre, some fibonacci and some cloud patterns happening but not quite there yet.


Artist Rose in Sim-Land

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I have a new best friend in the Sims 3 Wonderland—Rose, and she is an artist and dancer. Rose is modelled on a very good friend and I’m interested to see how the nuances of her artistic practice differ from my own Sim.

I’ve been creating some patterns and textures to use in her house so that she can be inspired by her surroundings. Stay tuned to see what Rose gets up to …


Designers should read

Thanks to Austin Kleon for the following excerpt from writings by designer Tibor Kalman:

Visual literacy isn’t enough. Designers have to read everything.

Kalman said that “an enormous amount of graphic design is made by people who look at pictures but don’t know how to think about them.”

I started asking job candidates, “What have you read in the last year?” Because I suddenly began to realize that the difference between a good and a bad designer is how much did they know about everything else—biology, history. Because graphic design is just a means of communication, a language, and what you choose to communicate, and how and why on a particular project, that is all the interesting stuff.

Yep, reading and exploring and discovering more and more is important to this pie-maniac! Thanks for the inspiration, Austin and Tibor …


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