At OCOC'17 we had an icebreaker design class for the second time. This is always good fun and has multiple purposes. Not only does it get everyone going back to basics looking around them and loosening up their design eye, but it also gets everyone familar with the college surroundings and looking that little bit closer.
Jesus College is a truly lovely place. From the 15th century onwards architecture to the stunning gardens. There is plenty of structure, colour and texture to look at. Oodles of inspiration. We are lucky enough to have access to the Chapel as well as Hall and the lovely quads, but this time I think the lovely weather mean the gardens won. Especially good, as we were concentrating on colour this time.
The reason I came up with the class initially (before the 2014 conference) was because I feel social media means we spend a lot of time looking at each other's work and that corset design was getting very inward looking. New corsetmakers (and not so new) were starting to fall into the trap of unintentionally creating pieces that looked like the current favourite makers. I was beginning to find it hard to tell whose work I was looking at. Yet it was clear there was huge talent there. Personally I love the design process, gathering source material and refining it. I wanted our attendees to remember how much fun that is.
I find it totally fascinating going round the room and seeing what our attendees have focused on. They see things sometimes I've never even noticed despite being in the college a fair number of times now! Now if we could only get to see some of the ideas made up! But there's always more ideas than time!