True tales of the benefits of collaboration
In a recent series of pins that were designed to work with hole punches of thin sheets of clay, I made drawings of metal frames that were the width of the clay circles. These drawings were used by our metalsmith, Maryanne. She had a hole punch like mine and used that as a scale gauge, but in fact some areas turned out wider than expected/designed. At first this upset me, because it would create an unexpected gap between frame and clay. But then I started to offset the line of punches to fill the space and the surprising effect was to soften the edge, to make the clay more textile like and mix up the predictability of lining up all the discs in a boring row. I thought that boring predictability was the major weakness of the pin series, and thru a “mistake” in fabrication, that problem was solved.