2.1 Getting Organised
I will be compiling my work in a sketchbook as this is my favourite way of working on a project. If I have books and research journals that I work from I shall add them in to a box with my sketchbook so that I can keep it all together.
2.2 Identify a time schedule
I have not been given a time line for this project. I don't know when the hand in date is. I will work on this project over the next few months and I have the summer holidays coming up so will have lots more time to dedicate to this then too. I am quite a quick worker so would like to have completed this project by October 2018, but I am waiting on a moving date for the house I have just bought and this will mean a brief stop in work while I move. Other than that I should be able to dedicate a lot of time to this over the summer months.
2.3 Identify your learning style
Q) How do you kick start the process of writing?
A) I suppose my first step would be mind-mapping and generally noting all the random thoughts in my brain. I have so many ideas I have to jot them all down, so I always have a sketchbook or note book to hand.
Researching too, for inspiration, so heading out and about to take photos or to a library to have a read through some books. I like tactile research, so internet searches are my last stop rather than my first.
Q) Do you have any strategies for writers block?
A) I take a walk. I often get a block if I am focused on something too much and I overload my brain, so I stop. I put it all down and step away from it and go for a walk. Fresh air helps me clear my mind. Usually if I am on a beach or in a forest walking, I have hundreds of ideas, so that really helps.
If I am really stuck and overloaded I have a proper break. I did this over Christmas and actually stopped creating for a month. I put my online shop in to vacation mode and stopped checking emails etc. It did me the world of good and I came back to it with so many fresh ideas.
Q) When you're writing an essay, what is your method and/or when do you start first?
A) I like to create a structure. A bit like a P.E.E paragraph. So I'd have an introduction, the P.E.E work and then a conclusion. This would alter depending on what I am writing about.
I mind map ideas and make links so that I can make connections in my head and build sentences from this. I can then link in my research in the correct places.
2.4 Start getting visual ideas downA selection of images I have been gathering. The Green Man is one I have drawn using inks and watercolours. The rest are collected from internet sources and books.
The Native American influence is one that I am really interested in and has always been an interest of mine. I used to collect Zuni totems and make my own out of clay as a child. My mother knew a crystal shop that sold them and I used to spend hours there fascinated by their tiny details and simple charm. I also, vividly remember, doing a Native American art project in year 7 and I fell in love with it all. So here's a more focused look at some of the symbolism from that area.
Another area that has always been of interest to me is Runes and Rune Magick. I often add healing runes to my art dolls and I henna them on to myself in a form of body art. My Dad bought me a set of runes as a child and I still have them to this day. So here are a few designs on mine from the past year that have featured Runes.