A series of short interviews about how creative professionals play at work. In the first instalment, we hear from colour expert and textile designer Margrethe Odgaard.
What is the value of play in design?
When you play you allow yourself to lose control of the process. Play leaves space for the unexpected and you may be able to find solutions that you otherwise wouldn’t have found.
As a designer, how do you use play in your creative process?
It’s a question of listening to the process instead of trying to control it. I try to follow my instincts by silencing my mind and allowing the dialogue to happen between my hands and the materials.
What advice would you give to those who wish to incorporate more playfulness in their work?
Try to work in the opposite way that you normally do, i.e., if you work with sharp corners try to make them round; use materials that you haven’t used before in ways that they shouldn't be used; let go of your expectations and question the established “rules” in your design process.