I have two ways of approaching the creative process. Sometimes I have a vision for a series of pieces. I have a message I want to communicate (or more often, it's a feeling I wish to convey). I work deliberately to create that vision. This often means that I do samples to test colors and even create a mini-version of the composition. This tends to be a slow process and sometimes I get bogged down in the detail.
The other way in which I work is to do what I
call "intentional play". I'm playing, in the sense that I have no
pre-conceived vision or expectations for the cloth. I take it one step
at a time and let the cloth "speak to me" to build each layer. It is
intentional in that I choose a surface design technique, a certain
approach to color or a compositional style and focus on that as I work
on the piece. The spontaneity is a nice complement to the more planned
What is your approach? The first, the second, or something completely different?