I also have quite a few ring binders with notes and things in from my studies I did with City and Guilds in London. These weren't working either as it was a hodgepodge of ideas and took a lot of sifting through.
While reading Lyric Kinard's new book Art+Quilt http://www.lyrickinard.com/ I had a brain wave on how to sort all my creative filing out. In her book she talks about making a sample file of design practice and quilting samples. I thought I could do that and add to that very easily. She also has a card design game to help get the creative juices flowing. This got me thinking about how I could set up my filing system to support this idea.....hmmmmmmmmm this possibilities.......
So I pulled out all my files and began to sort through them. I found that a lot of stuff I had kept I didn't want any more. I have put those in a folder and I will give these to the local guild or second hand shop. The rest I have sorted into these categories Subject/topic, techniques/methods, finished patterns, drawings and collages, notes ( taken from books or observations) and samples (of new experimentation or techniques). I have made sub files inside some folders IE. Subject-animals, architecture, cultural etc.
From this I am going to design 7 bags to pull out a slip of paper from.
- Time to complete the top
- Time to complete the quilting
- Topic or subject
- Technique or method to explore
- Material to include in this sample IE coloured pencils, or crayons
- A principle of design IE unity, proportion (in Lyric's book Art+Quilt) http://www.lyrickinard.com/
- An element of art IE Colour, line, shape (in Lyric's book Art+Quilt) http://www.lyrickinard.com/
Now all my files are easily assessable and usable. I can now find it much easier to get information for experimental work and my research for new art work.
Wow! Sounds amazing. I have the files and notebooks just like you...and you are right....you never go in and use them! I'm interested to see how this new system works for you. Good luck!ReplyDelete