The mail just came and so did my challenge print fabric! I really love it but I have to say that maybe I need to work on some smaller scale prints because, again, the reality of the final print is much larger than I imagined. Really what I need to be doing is printing off swatches on my printer before I pay for a swatch of fabric.
Yes, I know, it took me long enough to figure that one out.
Actually I am proud of myself for thinking of it even though it is later in the design effort. The thing is that I am learning a lot of this by trial and error. I didn’t go to college to learn surface print design. When I was in school it was for something pretty different so I have had to figure out a lot on my own or go digging for answers.
That is something I think lacks in the outcome of education, we are taught facts but we are not taught thinking and problem solving skills. What are use of facts if you don’t know how to use them? Isn’t it more important to teach how to find information? Isn’t it better to teach creativity so that one can take those facts and research abilities and find solutions?
Over my life I have often felt like I was some how less of a person because I don’t have a college degree. There are definitely people that have looked down on me for my lack of formal education. As I grow more confident in myself and appreciate myself for who and what I am I am learning that in actuality I am very intelligent. I am as well informed and well read as anyone with a bachelor’s degree. My husband who got a degree in English says that I am better read than him. I keep up with what is going on in the world over a wide range of topics, politics, science and culture. If something isn’t working, be it my computer or coffee maker I want to know why and try to fix it…myself.
I once tried to take apart my toaster because it wasn’t working. What I learned is that your average toaster is no longer designed to be dismantled and repaired.
Today I fixed my coffee maker; it was designed to be fixed. Over the summer I replaced the latch on my dishwasher and the sprayer on my faucet.
I learned how to put a widget on my website that will take you directly to my Spoonflower shop. Go ahead, it is just to the right there, click it and while your at it you can buy some fabric in my print designs.
So, yeah, it took me months of effort in developing a wide range of design skills to finally hit on that the solution to checking the scale of my prints is to simply print a swatch on paper. I’m going to feel pretty damn awesome for figuring this out on my own. I know a lot of people wouldn’t