There's lots of old sayings like "trying too hard", "can't see the wood for the tree's" and so on, and they all applied to me when I was studying my C&G. I tried so hard to see things that I often couldn't see what was right in front of me. When studying one module at a time I concentrated only on the requirements of that particular module, such as "line" - I only looked for line, then in "shape" I only looked for shape - now I can look for anything at any time and its amazing how much is all around me on a daily basis. We're currently building a new house and the design possibilities that its thrown up are amazing, and I decided to share some of them with you.
Look at the wonderful rust around the holes in this steel.
Even scaffolding parts offer wonderful pattern and shapes.
Lengths of steel coded by colour give great uniformity and grid ideas
And this is one of my favourites - like a crazy wire flower - I think its a buffing head for smoothing steel (I've no idea, but I know hubby uses it a lot, lol!)
Even welding slag dropped onto steel frames, rusted over time gives amazing design possibilities, all crusty and orange - can't wait to have a go to reproduce this one!
If you're working on grid designs - a side view of the steel frames gives a lovely increasing and decreasing zig zag design
And lets not forget the humble safety cone - even this has great shapes and patterns, negative and positive.
All I need now is the time to put these design sources to good use. Let me know if any of you use these as starting points for your own creativity - I'd love to see what develops from them.