Trying to anyway.
The headboard of a bed is a big blank canvas. No rules. No constraints. No functional requirements. Just make something that looks cool in this big rectangle.
Which is liberating. And scary. What on earth will I do with all that space?
I get an idea. I’ll fill it with a semi-random arrangement of something that looks like tiles or stone work but which is made of wood. I pursue the idea on paper for days. Days. Different versions of it. Different woods, different arrangements, different structures. Nothing. No goosebumps at all.
I hate letting go of the idea, because it’s an idea, and I have no other ideas. But it’s not working. Let it go. Let it go. Let. It. Go.
I let it go. I take a walk. I take a nap. I eat a sandwich. I talk on the phone. I check Facebook. I clean the kitchen. Another walk. Another nap. No new ideas. Nothing.
I start to feel incompetent. I don’t know how to do this. I start to whine to my friends. Whining’s not enough, I need to whinge. But that’s strictly an English thing. Luckily I have a friend there.
I put out a desperate call for mojo on my Facebook status (see it here). I get some ideas back from my friends. Some are good, some are funny, some are ridiculous.
One is pivotal. Jan’s. ”I say look for forms in nature, God is a pretty good designer. ”
It’s not that I’ve never looked for natural inspiration. It’s just that I hadn’t considered it for THIS project. Why? Who knows.
So, another walk. Looking all around for…what? My neighbor has a tree that’s perfectly symmetrical, and right now bare of any leaves.
I’m struck by the way a tree starts out at the bottom as a single trunk, then as it rises it divides into two or three large branches, and then they divide, and so on, until at the very top there are only thousands of little twigs. I immediately remember that the room this bed will go in has windows that do something similar. The lower sashes are a single pane, the uppers are six small panes:
p.s. Another friend sent me this link. Definitely relevant and very cool. Watch the one called ‘Binary Trees.’