You may have noticed that the book was on hold for a couple of weeks. This was partly because I was busy with other things, but also because I felt there was something unidentifiable wrong with it. After my foray into surface design techniques, I realized it was quite simple: it didn’t reflect how I actually learn a new craft.
So, after due consideration, my outline looks like this:
- What motivates me?
- Is this the right medium for me?
- Survey the options – try everything to see what you like, and what can be done with the medium
- Developing basic skills
- Mind the Gap
- Learning vs. performance
- Go Exploring
- Objective: Learning to think
- (Don’t just study technique – study design!)
- The Learning Cycle – pick project, do project, celebrate, retrospect
- Connecting with the community
Synthesizing multiple crafts into a single piece
- Why broad experience is useful. (Once you know it CAN be done, you can figure out how to do it.)
- Developing skills on the fly
- How to manage risk in a Major Project, esp. when on unfamiliar terrain
It’s still evolving, especially the later chunks, but I’m much more satisfied with it now – it reflects my actual approach to things, rather than how I thought I approached things. It is also considerably more nuanced and less simplistic than my previous outline.
I will probably spend a good chunk of tomorrow focused on writing. It’s still raining, which means I won’t be able to do any surface design work (I work outdoors). Writing, on the other hand, can be done inside, where it’s warm, dry, and comfortable.