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Soul Collage II
Clippings after a Soul Collage session.

Clippings after a Soul Collage session.

Today was the second session of Soul Collage at The Hive. While I wish I could share the images I created, that is discouraged by the instructor, as they reveal intimate aspects of the inner life. In their place here are all of the clippings my classmates and I created during the session. 

As mentioned in my first post about the class, it's been a genuinely freeing adventure. To have 2-3 hours in my week just to create without critique or expectations has been an enjoyable experience. I'm starting to see it transfer into my professional work. Just the other day I found myself jumping straight into creating, following my gut, without having to write a brief or follow some 6 step design thinking process (which I typically cling too). I like the idea that design or making in itself can reveal new opportunities, insights, and ideas without heavy-handed controls or processes. That's not to say that critique or processes or event expectations don't have a place. It knowing when to turn them on and off, I guess, that I'm lea

 

Light and Color
Jake, Meg, Martha, and Rebecca

Jake, Meg, Martha, and Rebecca

 

Meg's and my journey into the legacy of William Schickel continued this week with a visit (with Jake Hodesh) to Schickel Design in Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine neighborhood across from Washington Park. Schickel Design is the same company that William Schickel ran, and his father, and his father's father. It's now led by William Schickel's daughter Martha Schickel Dorff, AIA. Her daughter Rebecca Cadena, R.A. works there too, and so, thankfully, Schickel Design will continue another generation. 

Unlike William, Martha and Rebecca are licensed architects. Like William, these women have not confined themselves to their degrees and certifications. As the picture above reveals, their work encompasses (but is not limited to) building design, urban planning, painting, sculpture, stained glass, and drawing. What inspired Meg and me in their father/grandfather was the diversity of his work; a seemingly fearless nature toward new and different projects and mediums. It's obvious that a similar openness and curiosity is very alive in Martha and Rebecca as well. 

 
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Even on a cold and gray day the studio is full of light and color. 

 
Start Small
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Inspired by the previous two posts (These Days and Moleskine Hunt) Meg and I decided to use our open Sunday afternoon to make things. We didn’t exactly know what we were going to make. We just felt the urge to create. 

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David Day spoke of how his former boss, William Schickel would give him tiny thumbnail sketches to work from for more massive pieces. For instance, Schickel would draw a stained glass window in a small format that Day would turn into a much more extensive final project. I like that idea because there’s freedom in the constraint of a small size. You don’t have to worry so much about the details. That inspired Meg and me to work from smaller canvases like the inside of Moleskine (above) or the small sheets (below). 

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We clicked “I’m Feeling Adventurous” on Google and pictures nebulas came up. The studies above are an abstract representation of one of the nebulas. When in doubt, let chance be your guide. 

It’s easy to show the results only, but the process (not captured on camera) was difficult for Meg and me. We’re both hyper-focused on productivity and, to be honest, don’t like feeling lousy (i.e., not so perfect) at what we're doing. Making just to make, with no expectations or pressure, is healthy for us. It loosens us up, helps us expose our more buried emotions, and takes us to strange places like crafting a nebula from construction paper and Crayola markers.