Has anyone had anyideas about the fact that there will not be a TIFdesign challenge next year? I for one will miss it but really do not have the time to run a similar group here due to work commitments. Open to ideas or suggestions. Sharon has put forward the idea that this may be a good place to run a group.
The Take It Further group will probably continue to function for a little while as members finish up this year's challenge. We could introduce new topics in that group and see if anyone is interested in continuing. Anyone with an idea could propose the topic for a month or two. I would like to see some of the TIF projects posted as a group in some way. It can be really time consuming to commit to a topic every month - Sharon could certainly tell us about that! I think we probably do have some talented people who would like to continue the challenge. Not sure if I am one of them yet!
Yeah, the challenge Sharon is proposing for next year sounds primarily stitch based. I would also like to see the design concept challenges continue. I find them very stimulating. I can see that the commitment to monitoring a group would be time consuming, but I wonder whether coming up with set of challenges would be all that difficult. Basically it's only 12, and could all be generated at one time and then doled out once a month. I'd be willing to attempt that but I'm not sure I would know where to begin! Sharon always surprised me with the challenges she came up with. We could brainstorm challenge ideas here, or in the TIF group (which apparently hasn't seen a lot of activity recently) on this site.
I for one really enjoyed the challenge this year but I am not interested in continuing. I want to focus more on developing my own style and not do challenges this year as they seem to take a lot of my working time. I have noticed that it is hard to hold everyone's interest. For example, the studio journal group started from alumni of Sharon's class. Everyone was very excited it seemed to continue to share work here but it hasn't really gotten off the ground. I guess if you got a lot of interest from the Design group and the Surface Design group, it might be worth the effort. I'm not meaning to rain on anyone's parade but just trying to look at the practical side of it.
I would be interested in something that focuses on techniques. I would love to learn interesting ways to manipulate fabrics and other things. But have no idea where to start. When I originally joined this forum I was looking for directions and ideas to play with. Dreaming Quilts : ) Carmen
Carmen, google "fabric manipulation" and you'll come up with some neat ideas. Also, go visit Arlee's site, Albedo Design. If it can be done with/to fabric, Arlee's probably done it -- she thinks upside down and it's really cool!