I created shoes that I thought represented my personality as well as my creativity.
Some of my successes were the overall looks, and my time management. At first, I didn’t think it would look very good but I made some iterations and problem solved. I also feel that I worked very efficiently and finished my product in three days but still took time to do each of my steps carefully. I also think I did well with the glitter, because the lines came out very smooth, and it gave my shoes a little pop, kind of like a little pop of personality.
One of my challenges was when my sharpie colors didn’t blend. According to the video I watched. You use the sharpie colors you want and draw all over the shoe. When you’re done, then you use alcohol and it will all blend together. The alcohol must not have been strong enough because when I used the alcohol on my shoe, it only blended slightly. This left me with black, green, and blue streaks and marks that were obvious they were not meant to be there. Luckily, I problem solved and did differently on my other shoe and used a little alcohol after a few colors, and only used three colors that would blend together well. When my “bad” shoe dried a did another layer of sharpie that I did on my second shoe and it looked slightly better. You could still see some of the old marks but the shoes looked more like a pair.
I think I grew in my L21 focus area by making sure I chose the best model to prototype. I had a difficult time choosing between my two designs, but I thought back to the design challenge and question and I thought about which one really answered it more. I talked about appearance and also representation and finally decided on the galaxy one. I felt that one showed some diversity, with different colors and also it gave a cool tone, showing that I am usually very calm. I then decided to use glitter to show that I have some surprises in my that not everyone sees, and I have a pop of personality. I finally topped it off with a small drawing of a hedgehog looking completely clueless and pondering, which is what I think I do a lot in life, so it fit perfectly for me. I think I improved in ways of thinking outside the box, and also thinking about representation.
Some of the skills I learned in Ignite Week that will help me in the future is problem solving and efficiency. I learned that not everything can go according to plan, but maybe sometimes it’s a good thing, because you can learn how to make things better. Also, I still have some things on my shoe that aren’t perfect, but ironically, it’s perfect to be on my shoe, because it represents my IMperfections. I also learned about efficiency in Ignite Week, because when you work with other or by yourself, you need to learn how to be quick on your feet and get things done. A lot of things are given deadlines, and if you can’t learn to be ready and do things quickly (but well), then you’ll have trouble in the future, when you have jobs, or are doing projects.