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When it comes to proceeding with the realization of your design, you need to research further and fill-in that sketchbook even more.

The first question that will jump to your mind will be “how do I take that first note?” or even a more complicated!

“Ηow do I draw that the first line?”… “How do I decide on the basic shape or on the details?”

Get visuals and just play around with various shapes and evaluate how they will behave when you’ll put them on the use you want. Try to get deeper into your design, study safety and ergonomics. For your backpack – for example – what would be good for your body?

“Get the info RiGhT!”

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Usually, you analyze the shape and the raw materials together since the “raw” will really determine the actual result. For example, if you want a hard cover for your backpack, you could look for various alternatives that would provide this solution: artificial leather, ironed recycled bags, padded fabrics, a heavy denim or a hemp gabardine fabric further reinforced with underlining. Try to imagine the potential use of different materials when approaching your desired shape. In this important phase of your work, you could find useful to start experimenting with samples. Exploring different assembling techniques will be your next step: sewing machine, hand-stitching, gluing, ironing, stapling and so on. Experiment with your raws, check them out, check their characteristics.

The next step is to make your samples.

No matter what the process is, samples are your answer and your guarantee for a good result. Write down the possible raw materials and also try to get samples of them, try to get information on suppliers, and then decide on the tools and the way of construction. For example, if the raw is Tyvek, then your tools could easily be thread and needle, or glue. Which one do you prefer in terms of looks, strength, making?

Notes & Evaluation

Whatever that is…note down your alternatives, and evaluate pros and cons that matter to you, for example, durability versus the level of difficulty. Define what is important to you and evaluate your options.

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Having your inspiration sorted, your design and your raws, you can now start looking for the details, the decorations, the trimmings, the graphics. When researching them, evaluate their function and also aim to strengthen your storytelling! Evaluate their presence according to their colour options, the texture, the finishing, and the general mood they contribute to your crafty project. Have a look on more articles that can help you in your path Open-Up and mindfully collect your inspiration, Come closer, How to chose wisely your raw materials.

It’s all about consistency :-)! Consistency towards your needs and vision!