Day #36 Art challenge … (Set 1 of 3) … A few years ago my sister-in-law and twin brother gave me for Christmas a book of design by Yang Liu, who lives and designs for her own design firm in Berlin, Germany. The artwork is so beautiful, as is the messaging. I felt deeply inspired at the time and decided to create my own set of sketches, a book of opposites, a set out to design a set of icons. My original intention for this Art Challenge was to design into my Blog posts, but now that I veered off the plan with the Program design, why not add these icons to my Art Challenge?
I realize tonight that I was originally going to try to create something like Yang Liu design book published by Taschen, and I do love that style, more Material world, but maybe my designs will take another shape? I don’t know and I trust the process. Perhaps one of my own blocks has been how deeply some of these personal these sketches are. Where as Yang takes on really lovely happy concepts like “Noise”, my personal Book of Opposites is sometimes political and/or also having to do with emotional personal topics. As for politics, I’m aware at my contribution a wall of not being able to talk about “differences”, and just sit with my like minded people politically. Maybe art can help illustrate perspective, other perspective… Maybe it can help me see other perspective.
For the emotional concepts, it feels much riskier to me - even now, months after the sketching - than something neutral like “Flow”. So, that means I have to lean in and start it. It’s a way for me to own my story, and also work through emotions. See if I can make it make sense, look good, and even beautiful.