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Designing New Work (In Short)

Designing New Work (In Short)
August 9, 2016 Kate Gatski

When you make your own design rules, there’s no telling where you’ll end up. You might find yourself discussing oversized cats and goats with sunglasses. And, that’s just the start.

While you dismiss that goat idea, you do move forward with the cat. When you start into the cat, it actually resembles a tiger. So, you roll with the tiger. But it is just not happening. You accept that fact, set it aside, and move on.

Then, you might have an epiphany (as I’m prone to say) and realize that you might want to make an oversized horseshoe (for luck of course). You work out the details of the horseshoe, and make it before you can say Kentucky Derby.

You now have a lovely horseshoe table, and realize that it needs a champion horse. So, you tap into your previous horse-making experience and create a lovely equine. You realize it really needs adornment, so you figure out a way to make a simple wreath for your winner. The metal-bending gods shine their light down on you, and ta-da… a wreath!

Finally you to set out to make something more whimsical. Logically, you start out with a fox. You definitely want it standing at attention. After all, you don’t stand for those devious little critters sneaking past you. You nail the stance, but you struggle with it’s eyes, body color, and tail position. Eventually, you get it sorted, and the fox says, ” whoop! whoop!”

But, you still want something more. You want a cheeky little squirrel. As with the fox, the body comes together but the details prove challenging. You don’t let it get the best of you, you fiddle and you revise. Finally that darn squirrel whispers, “give me acorn, already!”

And that (in short), my dear friends, is how you end up with a new collection of Gatskis!

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