I think about the Pointer Sisters every time I design a new range. You know them? they sang ‘Fire’ & the Classic Hits radio favorite, ‘Slow Hand’. I remember earnestly explaining to mum how good the outfits were..did she understand?
You see, I was an impressionable littley when the Pointer Sisters were around & I especially loved that the 3 ladies had different versions of the same costume, from a slightly conservative after 5 number for the oldest looking one, to a little more risque for the middle sister then downright racy for the youngest one – something for everyone, right? ..& imagine how excited I was to find the Rankin Sisters on morning television?! Here were 3 Australian exercising sisters who each did a similar movement but in the easy-med-difficult levels..same but different!! Once the link was made, there was no shifting it, rock solid, stuck for good. I haven’t been able to break the connection between ‘three levels’ of the Pointer Sisters & designing a range, it’s similar to when a taste reminds you of a certain holiday or a tune takes you right back to your childhood lounge room.
So, here’s how the theory goes..I most often design in threes (as many Sisters as were in the band) – 3 small sculptures, matching in theme but on different corners of the shape triangle – just like their outfits!
For example, when I designed the ‘Lunch in the Park’ series, they are all picnic-themed pieces but they are also round, triangular & square so they look balanced together but also appeal to different design-eyes that people have (the thing where people are really attracted to certain shapes).
So there’s one of my design secrets, does it sound logical to you too?
Faced with infinite choice, how do you refine your designs?
Did you like the Pointer Sisters?