Getting Crafty

Paper flower wreath assembled from various kits

Paper flower wreath assembled from various kits

In the past half year, I've been doing lots of creative things on the side, and it's been a blast! While design work is considered creative work, a lot of it involves staring at computer screens and writing on post-it notes with sharpies. I miss a lot of the tangible hands-on work I did while studying industrial design, and returning to my crafting hobbies has been an excellent way to get back into the analog world.

Paper flowers, in progress

Paper flowers, in progress

I'm really thankful I had visual arts training while in design school--not all UX designers I meet got that from their formal education, and I think it has been so beneficial to me professionally and personally. Recently I took a stab at a lettering project (after being somewhat intimidated by it), and I'm happy with how it turned out!

The lettering was used for a T-shirt design, made for a friend's medical fundraiser

The lettering was used for a T-shirt design, made for a friend's medical fundraiser

Starting with pencil sketches, then moving into digital

Starting with pencil sketches, then moving into digital

Last week I dabbled in metal jewelry making at Seattle's Pratt Art Center. There's something so satisfying about sawing and hammering little metal pieces into the shape you want. Seeing a design vision come to life in my hands is so rewarding!

Little triangle brass earrings with sterling silver ear wire

Little triangle brass earrings with sterling silver ear wire

Perhaps someday I will open a little crafts and doodads store and run it on the side. It feels great to practice my craftsmanship skills in both the physical and digital realms!

Frances TungArt, Learning