I am always amazed by the mess I make when I design my upcycled garden tool aprons. I may start out with a few neat piles from my vintage fabric collection, but I always end up composing on a tiny workspace, surrounded by towering textile piles.
As much as I hate cleaning up the mess, I think working this way is a good thing–
A sense of play makes designing more enjoyable, and I think the happiness of process shows in the work.
I design by color (of course) but consciously build each piece from different eras. Contrast is my friend. Ditto serendipity. I like to trust the moment.
Design takes time. I never try to produce too many pieces at once. This session yielded 7 designs. Here’s a finished look at the first 5 which I’m in process of listing in my ETSY shop now. Do you have a favorite????