You may recall that six months ago I bought into the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. Here’s an update.
I decided to go with my Patterns idea, which I need to explain since in looking for previous posts I find that I haven’t written any. Patterns: the language of burn layout and placement is a manifesto I wrote when I was thrust into the role of placement lead for the Georgia burns. (The placement lead actually draws the map of the city, i.e., places all the theme camps, art, and infrastructure; here’s a longish explanation of how I got there.)
If you like, you can go read Patterns yourself. It’s not long.
Anyway, I decided to go with Patterns as the subject of my Sketchbook Project. The first half is a summation of the manifesto:
The second half is a record of my process as I design Alchemy 2019. As I began working on the second half a couple of weeks ago, after placement registration opened, I realized that for me to make my process clearer to the uninitiated reader I would need to draw the map over and over and over. I needed a template.
So I made a screenshot of the Google map, resized it, printed it, taped it to a piece of cardboard, and cut it out.
Now, as I start redesigning the burn for the eighth or ninth time (I have lost track), I can illustrate my decisions as I go along.