‘Polygon’ has a very broad definition:
- 1.a plane figure with at least three straight sides and angles, and typically five or more.
So basically a straight sided shape with at least three sides.
On Sunday I received the explanatory email with the Week 2 prompts from Amanda and Shannon. I watched their reels on IG taking note that the initial shapes they were exploring were freehand squares and rectangles. That was a relief! Not too complicated – when I saw ‘polygon’ I was immediately thinking hexagons, parallelograms (get me and my GCSE maths!) and all manor of many-sided shapes!
Here’s the photo record of my second week of improv (I’ve copied the daily prompts in red).
- Monday – pick the first polygon shape that captures your interest (don’t overthink it!). Get comfortable cutting and piecing those gentle angles.
No deep thought process involved, I just decided five sided pentagons would be my polygon of choice (for Day 1 at least!).
- Tuesday – try working on a smaller scale to see how cutting and piecing feels when working with smaller pieces. Tip – use a leader and ender (aka sew a scrap first before sewing your pieces) to help avoid your machine ‘eating’ your fabric!
I wasn’t enjoying the process or the results until I took a look at the close-up photo above. I like the way the dissected turquoise pentagon was reformed by the white strip to re-create the original shape and two new turquoise shapes – one four sided and the other actually five-sided (just).
- Wednesday – embrace the wonk by exaggerating the angles of your polygons. See how different your blocks look and feel when you avoid keeping things on the straight and narrow.
- Thursday – once you have a block stitched up or parts of a block pieced, try slicing it up and reassembling it in a different layout. What shapes emerge?
- Friday – details are fun, but too much of a good thing isn’t always good. Try incorporating some breathing space into your composition. What element do you want the focus to be on?
End of Week 2 Conclusion: The short version – I really have no idea what I’m doing or what Improv Patchwork is! The longer version – I feel very uncomfortable trying to be artistic – I’m a crafter NOT an artist – so this whole improv thing is making me feel a fraud. I’m sure I’m barely touching on the art of improv. I still seem to be chopping up fabric to make Crazy Patchwork blocks rather than contemplating elements of my ‘design’ before auditioning, adding, chopping or rearranging.
Hmm! The blocks are on my design wall. They may grow on me or, come the end of the 30 Days, I may be relieved to throw them all in the bin and go fondle my rulers!
Can you recommend any books or improv patch-workers to follow on social media? Maybe I will begin to understand what it’s all about and how to ease into imrpov?